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Þórðr Kolbeinsson (ÞKolb)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Jayne Carroll;

Eiríksdrápa (Eirdr) - 17

Þórðr Kolbeinsson (ÞKolb) was born c. 974 in Iceland (ÍF 3, lxxxviii). The Hauksbók version of Ldn names his father as Kolbeinn klakkhǫfði ‘Lump-head’ (?) Atlason, from Atley (Atløy) in Norway, while the Sturlubók version names him as Kolbeinn Þórðarson (ÍF 1, 99, 144, lxiv-vi). Þórðr’s mother is said in Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa (BjH, ÍF 3, 168) to be called Arnóra; in Ldn (ÍF 1, 142) she is also identified as the daughter of Gunnbjǫrn. Þórðr’s home was at Hítarnes in western Iceland; the poet Arnórr jarlaskáld (ArnII), one of Þórðr’s five sons, was born there. Two other sons, Kolbeinn and Kolli, are named in BjH, and three unnamed daughters are also mentioned (ÍF 3, 125, 171-2, 174, 179, 208). Nothing is known about Þórðr’s death.

Þórðr is famous as the villain of BjH, in which he marries Oddný eykyndill ‘Island-candle’ Þorkelsdóttir, having deceived her into believing that Bjǫrn Arngeirsson (BjhítV), to whom she is betrothed, is dead. This intensifies a life-long feud between Þórðr and Bjǫrn which ends with Bjǫrn’s death at Þórðr’s hands.

Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 257, 258, 261, 262, 266, 274, 280, 283) names Þórðr as poet to four rulers: Eiríkr jarl Hákonarson of Hlaðir (Lade; d. c. 1023); the Norwegian kings Óláfr Haraldsson (d. 1030) and, in the U redaction, Magnús góði ‘the Good’ Óláfsson (d. 1047); and, in the 761aˣ redaction, the Danish king Sveinn Úlfsson (d. 1076). Of these, only Eiríkr is named in source texts as the recipient of surviving stanzas, although BjH (ÍF 3, 126-7) has Þórðr compose and recite a drápa for Óláfr. It is doubtful on chronological grounds that Þórðr composed for Sveinn Úlfsson, and it has been suggested (Fidjestøl 1982, 117) that confusion with Sveinn tjúguskegg ‘Fork-beard’ (d. 1014) might lie behind the erroneous listing. Seventeen stanzas about Eiríkr jarl survive, and in this edition all are attributed to Eiríksdrápa (ÞKolb Eirdr) with varying degrees of confidence. BjH places Þórðr in Eiríkr’s retinue in Norway, c. 1007, delivering a poem entitled Belgskakadrápa ‘Bag-shaking drápa’ (ÍF 3, 115-9), but this may be the same poem as Eirdr, whose content suggests that Þórðr paid court to Eiríkr in England after the conquest of Knútr inn ríki (Cnut the Great) in 1016 and before Eiríkr’s death c. 1023 (see Introduction to Eirdr). In addition to Eirdr, twelve lausavísur (ÞKolb Lv 1-12V) are preserved in BjH, mostly directed against the saga’s hero, Bjǫrn, and a single stanza said to be by Þórðr (ÞKolb GunndrV) survives in praise of the poet Gunnlaugr ormstungu ‘Serpent-tongue’ Illugason (GunnlIV, d. c. 1008; ÍF 3, 101-2). These are edited in SkP V.

Eiríksdrápa — ÞKolb EirdrI

Jayne Carroll 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 487.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17 

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa, 1014 (AI, 213-217, BI, 203-206); stanzas (if different): 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14

in texts: Flat, Fsk, Gramm, Hkr, Jvs, Knýtl, ÓH, ÓHHkr, ÓT, ÓTC, Skm, SnE, TGT

SkP info: I, 487

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1 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 1 [Vol. 1, 489] — ÞKolb Eirdr 1I

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Ok sannliga sunnan
(sôusk vítt búendr ítrir
stríð) of stála meiða
stórhersǫgur fóru;
súðlǫngum frá Sveiða
sunnr af dregnum hlunni
vangs á vatn of þrungit
viggmeiðr Dana skeiðum.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 1 (AI, 213; BI, 203); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 325VIII 1, 54, 61, Bb, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: ÓT 69, ÓTC 30
 
2 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 2 [Vol. 1, 491] — ÞKolb Eirdr 2I

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Mjǫk lét margar snekkjur
(mærðar ǫrr) sem knǫrru
(óðr vex skalds) ok skeiðar
skjaldhlynr á brim dynja,
þás ólítill útan
oddherðir fór gerða
(mǫrg vas lind fyr landi)
lǫnd síns fǫður rǫndu.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 2 (AI, 213-14; BI, 203); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 301x, 325VIII 1, 39, 51x, 510, 54, 61, 761bx, A, Bb, C, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx, R, Tx, U; texts: Fsk 89, Jvs 3, ÓT 70, ÓTC 31, Skm 305
 
3 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 3 [Vol. 1, 493] — ÞKolb Eirdr 3I

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Setti jarl, sás atti,
ógnfróðr, á lǫg stóði
hrefnis, hôva stafna
hóts Sigvalda at móti;
margr skalf hlumr, en hvergi
huggendr bana uggðu,
þeirs gôtu sæ slíta,
sárgamms, blǫðum ára.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 3 (AI, 214; BI, 204); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 301x, 325VIII 1, 39, 51x, 510, 54, 61, Bb, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 90, Jvs 4, ÓT 74, ÓTC 32
 
4 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 4 [Vol. 1, 494] — ÞKolb Eirdr 4I

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En í gǫgn at gunni
glæheim skriðu mævar,
rendi langt með landi
leiðangr, Dana skeiðar,
þær es jarl und ôrum
œrins golls á Mœri
(barms rak vigg und vǫrmum
valkesti) hrauð flestar.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 4 (AI, 214; BI, 204); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 301x, 39, 51x, 54, 61, Bb, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 91, ÓT 77, ÓTC 33
 
5 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 5 [Vol. 1, 496] — ÞKolb Eirdr 5I

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Jǫfrum varð, en urðu
allhvast Danir falla,
blóðhelsingja bræðir,
brœðr Sigurðar, œðri.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 1. Belgskakadrápa 1 (AI, 212; BI, 202); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 301x, 51x, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 98
 
6 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 6 [Vol. 1, 497] — ÞKolb Eirdr 6I

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Meinrennir, brá (manna
margs fýsa skǫp), varga,
ljóða lítlu síðar
læ Hôkonar ævi,
en til lands, þess's lindar
láðstafr vegit hafði
hraustr, þás herr fór vestan,
hygg kómu son Tryggva.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 1. Belgskakadrápa 2 (AI, 212; BI, 202); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 301x, 51x, 53, 54, 61, Bb, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Flat 241, Flat 366, Fsk 99, ÓT 106, ÓT 150, ÓTC 41, ÓTC 44
 
7 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 7 [Vol. 1, 499] — ÞKolb Eirdr 7I

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Hafði sér við særi
(slíks vas vôn at hônum)
auðs, an upp of kvæði,
Eiríkr í hug meira;
sótti reiðr at rôðum
(rann engi því manna),
þrályndi gafsk Þrœndum,
þrœnzkr jarl konung sœnskan.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 1. Belgskakadrápa 3 (AI, 212; BI, 202-3); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 301x, 51x, 53, 54, 61, A, Bb, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx, W; texts: Flat 242, Fsk 100, ÓT 107, ÓTC 42, ÓTC 45, TGT 102
 
8 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 8 [Vol. 1, 500] — ÞKolb Eirdr 8I

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Þar vas hjalmaðs herjar
Hropts við dreyrgar toptir
- - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - -
orð fekk gótt, es gerði
grams vǫrn blôum hjǫrvi,
(hǫll bilar hára fjalla)
Hyrningr (áðr þat fyrnisk).

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 5 (AI, 214; BI, 204); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 54, 61, Bb, F, Flat, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Flat 350, ÓT 183, ÓTC 60
 
9 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 9 [Vol. 1, 501] — ÞKolb Eirdr 9I

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Veitk, fyr Erling útan,
ár at hersar vôru
(lofak fasta Tý) flestir
(farlands) vinir jarla,
en ept víg frá Veigu
(velk orð) und gram norðan
land eða lengra stundu
lagðisk suðr til Agða.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 6 (AI, 215; BI, 204); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 301x, 325VIII 2 g, 325XI 2 i, 51x, 53, 54, 61, 761bx, A, Bb, C, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx, R, Tx; texts: Flat 384, Fsk 127, Fsk 130, ÓT 202, ÓTC 69, Skm 316
 
10 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 10 [Vol. 1, 503] — ÞKolb Eirdr 10I

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Allvalds nutu aldir,
una líkar vel slíku;
skyldr lézk hendi at halda
hann of Nóregs mǫnnum;
en Sveinn konungr sunnan
sagðr es dauðr, en auðir
(fátt bilar flestra ýta
fár) hans býir vôru.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 7 (AI, 215; BI, 205); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 301x, 325VIII 2 g, 325XI 2 i, 51x, 53, 54, 61, Bb, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Flat 385, Fsk 128, ÓT 203, ÓTC 70
 
11 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 11 [Vol. 1, 504] — ÞKolb Eirdr 11I

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Enn hefsk leyfð, þars, lofða,
lofkenda frák sendu
at hjalmsǫmum, hilmi,
hjarls drótna boð jarli,
at skyldligast skyldi
(skilk, hvat gramr lézk vilja)
endr til ásta fundar
Eiríkr koma þeira.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 8 (AI, 215-16; BI, 205); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 325V, 325VII, 53, 54, 61, 68, 73ax, 75c, 78ax, 972x, Bb, Flat, Holm2, J1x, J2x, Kx, R686x, Tóm; texts: Flat 393, ÓH 30(28), ÓHHkr 27, ÓT 212
 
12 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 12 [Vol. 1, 506] — ÞKolb Eirdr 12I

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Ítr þrifusk jǫfra hleyti
eggveðrs í fǫr seggja
(skeið helt mǫrg í móðu
mislǫng) sem ek vissa;
bládýrum helt bôru
brands svá náar landi
Ullr, at enska vǫllu,
áttstórr, séa knátti.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 9 (AI, 216; BI, 205); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 20dx, 41x, 873x, ; texts: Knýtl 13
 
13 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 13 [Vol. 1, 507] — ÞKolb Eirdr 13I

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Enn at eyrar grunni
endr, skjǫldungr, of rendi
sás kjǫlslóðir kníði,
Knútr langskipum útan;
varð, þars vildu dýrum
varrláðs koma báðir,
hjalmaðs jarls ok hilmis
hœgr fundr á því dœgri.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 10 (AI, 216; BI, 205); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 20dx, 41x, 873x, ; texts: Knýtl 14
 
14 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 14 [Vol. 1, 508] — ÞKolb Eirdr 14I

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Gollkennir lét gunni
(grœðis hests) fyr vestan
(Þundr vá leyfðr til landa)
Lundún saman bundit;
fekk regnþorinn Rǫkkva
rann, of þingamǫnnum,
ýglig hǫgg, þars eggjar
Ulfkell, báar skulfu.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 11 (AI, 216; BI, 206); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 20dx, 20i 23x, 325V, 41x, 53, 54, 61, 68, 73ax, 75c, 78ax, 873x, 972x, Bb, Flat, Holm2, J1x, J2x, , Kx, R686x, Tóm; texts: Flat 394, Knýtl 18, ÓH 31(29), ÓHHkr 28, ÓT 213
 
15 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 15 [Vol. 1, 510] — ÞKolb Eirdr 15I

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Hvatr vann Freyr á flotna
folkstafns, sás gaf hrafni
sollit hold né sjaldan,
sverðs eggja spor leggja;
snjallr lét opt ok olli
Eiríkr bana þeira
(rauð Hringmaraheiði
herr) Engla lið þverra.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 12 (AI, 216; BI, 206); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 20dx, 20i 23x, 41x, 873x, ; texts: Knýtl 19
 
16 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 16 [Vol. 1, 511] — ÞKolb Eirdr 16I

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Gengu upp, þeirs Englum,
ár hrafn gefendr, vôru
langa stund, á landi,
leiðir, upp frá skeiðum,
en í gǫgn, þeirs gôðu,
glaum skers, bœi verja,
galt hilmis lið hjalta,
herferð búendr gerðu.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 13 (AI, 217; BI, 206); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: 20dx, 20i 23x, 41x, 873x, ; texts: Knýtl 7, Knýtl 20
 
17 Vol. 1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 17 [Vol. 1, 513] — ÞKolb Eirdr 17I

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Óð, en œrnu náði
íms sveit freka hveiti,
(gera ǫlðra naut gylðir)
gjalpar stóð í blóði.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 3. Eiríksdrápa 14 (AI, 217; BI, 206); dróttkvætt; ed. JC; group: A1; mss: A, B, C, R, Tx, U; texts: Skm 327
 
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