Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturla Þórðarson (Sturl)

13th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

3. Hrafnsmál (Hrafn) - 20

Skj info: Sturla Þórðarson, Islandsk skjald og historiker, 1214-84 (AII, 101-29, BII, 112-36).

Skj poems:
1. Þverárvísur
2. Þorgilsdrápa
3. Hrynhenda
4. Hákonarkviða
5. Hrafnsmál
6. Hákonarflokkr
7. En drape om Magnús lagaböter
8. Lausavísur

The life of Sturla Þórðarson (Sturl) is chronicled in Sturlunga saga (Stu). He was born on 29 July 1214 as the second son of Þórðr Sturluson and his concubine Þóra, and he was the younger brother of Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson (Ólhv). In his early years he spent much time with his uncle, the poet, historian and lawspeaker Snorri Sturluson (SnSt, d. 1241), and later he took an active part in the events that played out before and after the collapse of the Icel. Commonwealth. Sturla was lawspeaker in Iceland 1251-2 and lawman, appointed by the Norw. king, 1272-82. In 1263 he went to Norway where he met King Magnús lagabœtir ‘Law-mender’ Hákonarson (d. 1280). After an initially very cool reception, the king commissioned him to write the saga of Magnús’s father Hákon Hákonarson (d. 1264) and also that of Magnús himself. Sturla later became the retainer (hirðmaðr, skutilsveinn) of Magnús and brought the law code Járnsíða ‘Ironside’ from Norway to Iceland in 1271. The story of Sturla’s journey to Norway in 1263 and his dealings with Magnús is recounted in Sturlu þáttr (StÞ), preserved in a version of Stu. In addition to the sagas of Hákon Hákonarson (Hák) and the no longer extant saga of his son Magnús lagabœtir (only two leaves are preserved in AM 325 X 4°), Sturla is the author of Íslendinga saga (Ísls) and of a redaction of Landnámabók (Ldn, in AM 107 folˣ = Stˣ). Some scholars believe that he may have been responsible for the extant redaction of Kristni saga (Kristni) (see LH 1894-1901, II, 98-105, 717-43), and he is also mentioned as an informant by the author of Grettis saga Ásmundarsonar (Gr; see ÍF 7, 157, 226, 289). Like his uncle, Snorri, and his brother, Óláfr, Sturla was a prolific poet. According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 256, 260, 272, 279, 384-96), he composed poems in honour of the Norw. kings Hákon Hákonarson and Magnús lagabœtir Hákonarson, and also about the Swed. jarl Birgir Magnússon (d. 1266). Nothing is preserved of Sturla’s panegyrics to the latter, but two sts from his poetry to Magnús are recorded in Hák (see Magnússdrápa (Sturl Magndr) below). The bulk of Sturla’s poetic oeuvre about Hákon Hákonarson is interspersed with the prose in Hák: Hrynhenda (Sturl Hryn), Hákonarkviða (Sturl Hákkv), Hrafnsmál (Sturl Hrafn) and Hákonarflokkr (Sturl Hákfl). In addition to these encomia, Sturla composed poetry about events and dignitaries in Iceland: namely Þverárvísur (Sturl ÞvervIV) and Þorgilsdrápa (Sturl ÞorgdrIV), both of which have been edited in SkP IV. That is also the case with his lvv. (Sturl Lv 1-4IV). One fragment which earlier eds assigned to Hryn (earlier st. 22) has been edited in SkP III as Sturl FragIII. Sturla died on 30 July 1284 and was buried in the Church of S. Peter at Staðarhóll.

Hrafnsmál — Sturl HrafnII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Sturla Þórðarson, Hrafnsmál’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 727-45.

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Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál (AII, 119-24, BII, 126-31)

in texts: Flat, Hák

SkP info: II, 727-45

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1 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 1 [Vol. 2, 728] — Sturl Hrafn 1II

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Sóttu sóknhvattar
sveitir háleitan
geira glymstæri
glyggs ór Finnbyggðum;
alt brá jarðbeltis
austan sigrflaustum
gjálfr af Gautelfi
gætis hásæta.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 1 (AII, 119; BII, 126-7); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 8, F, Flat; texts: Flat 924, Hák 101
 
2 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 2 [Vol. 2, 728-9] — Sturl Hrafn 2II

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Øngr sá ormvengis
ótti vígdróttir
fleiri flugstæris
fleins í stað einum;
lukði lómblekkir
landa útstrandir
hríðar herskíðum
harðr ok randgarði.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 2 (AII, 119-20; BII, 127); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 8, F, Flat; texts: Flat 925, Hák 102
 
3 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 3 [Vol. 2, 729-30] — Sturl Hrafn 3II

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Glumði á gjálfrtǫmðum
Gestils skeiðhestum
eldr of allvaldi
ægis nafnfrægjum;
skein af skautvænum
skeiðum brimleiðar
sól of sigdeili
snotran óþrotlig.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 3 (AII, 120; BII, 127); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: F, Flat; texts: Flat 926, Hák 103
 
4 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 4 [Vol. 2, 730-1] — Sturl Hrafn 4II

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Laust af liðfǫstum
ljósum valdrósar
brims á bjarthimna
blómum vegljóma;
ferð var friðskerðis
flokka áþokkuð
heims of hafstrauma
hringa eldingum.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 4 (AII, 120; BII, 127); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: F, Flat; texts: Flat 927, Hák 104
 
5 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 5 [Vol. 2, 731-2] — Sturl Hrafn 5II

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Leysti lǫgrastar
landa stýrandi
(heldu of haf aldir
húfum) bládúfur;
lýstiz hrein hæstum
hǫfn af skipstǫfnum
eldi álfoldar
auðar glóðrauðum.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 5 (AII, 120; BII, 127-8); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: F, Flat; texts: Flat 928, Hák 105
 
6 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 6 [Vol. 2, 732-3] — Sturl Hrafn 6II

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Fyst tók fjǫrleystum
fróðr af nesþjóðum
gjald enn griðmildi
gætir norðsætra;
ǫll var ógnfallin
ǫld, af stórvǫldum
hrædd, við herklæddan
herði bǫðgerðar.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 6 (AII, 120-1; BII, 128); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: F, Flat; texts: Flat 929, Hák 106
 
7 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 7 [Vol. 2, 733-4] — Sturl Hrafn 7II

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Helt enn hraðmælti
hringa víðþingaðr
leiðir lǫgskíðum
leygs í Suðreyjar;
upp gaf alkeppnum
Engus herfengna
Íl fyr ítrbóla
eyði dalreyðar.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 7 (AII, 121; BII, 128); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 325X, 8, F, Flat; texts: Flat 930, Hák 107
 
8 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 8 [Vol. 2, 734] — Sturl Hrafn 8II

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Stóð af stórrôðum
stýri brimdýra
ógn of úrþvegnar
jarðir vestrgarða;
færðu hjálmhirða
hausa friðlausir
jǫfrar ósvífrum
ótta rándróttar.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 8 (AII, 121; BII, 128); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 325X, 8, F, Flat; texts: Flat 931, Hák 108
 
9 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 9 [Vol. 2, 734-5] — Sturl Hrafn 9II

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Gengu geðstrangir
gætis vegmæta
sárs of Sátíri
sunnan logrunnar;
sǫddu svartklædda
sóknar dynhróka
bragnar byrgegnir
brands á Skotlandi.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 9 (AII, 121; BII, 128-9); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 325X, 8, F, Flat; texts: Flat 932, Hák 109
 
10 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 10 [Vol. 2, 735-6] — Sturl Hrafn 10II

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Ferð vann friðskerðis
fræg ok óvægin
Bót af baugnjótum
breiða guðleiðum;
hreyfðiz hjǫrklufðu
hrafn of valtafni,
fellu fjandr stillis
fleygr í Suðreyjum.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 10 (AII, 121-2; BII, 129); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 325X, 8, F, Flat; texts: Flat 933, Hák 110
 
11 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 11 [Vol. 2, 736] — Sturl Hrafn 11II

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Brunnu búmanna
bygðir ódygðar,
heitr var hafsætrum
hallar lífgalli;
fellu fúrþollar
feigir svanteigar
suðr af sæskíðum
sóttir herdróttum.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 11 (AII, 122; BII, 129); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 325X, 8, F, Flat; texts: Flat 934, Hák 111
 
12 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 12 [Vol. 2, 737] — Sturl Hrafn 12II

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Bauð enn bǫðfróði
bragna sigrmagnaðr
austan orrostu
optar spjótskoptum;
þorðut þrekstærðan
þegnar ófegnir
bjórs við blikrýri
berjaz útverja.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 12 (AII, 122; BII, 129); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 304x, F, Flat; texts: Flat 935, Hák 112
 
13 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 13 [Vol. 2, 738] — Sturl Hrafn 13II

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Drógu dynsveigis
darra flugskjarrir
báta baugnjótar
breiðar strandleiðir;
eyddu óhræddir
eyjar geirþeyjum
veggs í víðbyggðu
vatni herskatnar.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 13 (AII, 122; BII, 129-30); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 304x, F, Flat; texts: Flat 936, Hák 113
 
14 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 14 [Vol. 2, 739] — Sturl Hrafn 14II

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Herðu herferðir
hryggs í stórbyggðir
víða vargfæðis
virðar geðstirðir;
fekk enn fólkrakki
felli gunnspelli
ǫldum ósjaldan
Aleinn lífdvalar.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 14 (AII, 122-3; BII, 130); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 304x, F, Flat; texts: Flat 937, Hák 114
 
15 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 15 [Vol. 2, 740] — Sturl Hrafn 15II

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Mætti margfréttinn
miklum framstiklir
auðar óþjóða
ingva gǫrningum;
leysti lábrostinn
lǫgr en skautfǫgru
flaust ór frónlæstum
festum bauglestis.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 15 (AII, 123; BII, 130); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 304x, 325X, F, Flat; texts: Flat 938, Hák 115
 
16 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 16 [Vol. 2, 741] — Sturl Hrafn 16II

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Blés of bǫðfúsa
bragna fjǫlmagnat
hregg á herbyggðum
hríðar brimskíðum;
upp rak alkepna
ǫld með herskjǫldu
grundar gjálfrs undit
grand at Skotlandi.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 16 (AII, 123; BII, 130); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 304x, 325X, F, Flat; texts: Flat 939, Hák 116
 
17 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 17 [Vol. 2, 741-2] — Sturl Hrafn 17II

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Sendi snarlynda
sverða blikskerðir
sveit enn sigrmæti
síð til brims hríðar;
drápi dulgreypa
drengja, lof, þengils
drótt, sás, dal-Gauta
dæmði herr, sæmði.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 17 (AII, 123; BII, 130-1); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 304x, F, Flat; texts: Flat 940, Hák 117
 
18 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 18 [Vol. 2, 743] — Sturl Hrafn 18II

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Hlóðu hugprúðir
hrings at brynþingi
várir vegstórum
virðar baug-Nirði;
fylduz fjǫrseldum
(frammi) valgammar
(hverr man hringþverris
hefna?) auðstefni.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 18 (AII, 123-4; BII, 131); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 8, F, Flat; texts: Flat 941, Hák 118
 
19 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 19 [Vol. 2, 744] — Sturl Hrafn 19II

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Kvǫddu kappstudda
kæris Norðmæra
hǫlða hervalðir
hersar gunnversum;
gekk en gunnrakka
gætis hásæta
hirð at hjǫrstærðum
hjaldri járnfaldin.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 19 (AII, 124; BII, 131); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 8, F, Flat; texts: Flat 942, Hák 119
 
20 Vol. 2. Sturla Þórðarson, 3. Hrafnsmál, 20 [Vol. 2, 744-5] — Sturl Hrafn 20II

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Beit at brynmóti
brún í rauðtúnum
egg of ódyggrar
aldar gunntjalda,
áðr en egghríðar
undan víglundum
skyndu ský-Þundar
skoskir alþroskins.

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 5. Hrafnsmál 20 (AII, 124; BII, 131); haðarlag; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 8, F, Flat; texts: Flat 943, Hák 120
 
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