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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld (Þblǫnd)

12th century; volume 3; ed. Vivian Busch;

1. Sigurðardrápa (Sigdr) - 2

Skj info: Þórvaldr blǫnduskáld, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 492, BI, 464).

Skj poems:
1. Sigurðardrápa
2. Af et ubestemmeligt digt

According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 263, 276), Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld (Þblǫnd) was one of the poets of the Norwegian king Sigurðr jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’ Magnússon (r. 1103-30, see ‘Royal Biographies’ in Introduction to SkP II). Only fragments of his poetry are extant: two helmingar from an assumed Sigurðardrápa about Sigurðr jórsalafari (Þblǫnd Sigdr) and another fragment (Þblǫnd Frag) that cannot be assigned to a specific poem. Two stanzas of Þórarinn stuttfeldr’s ‘Short-cloak’ Stuttfeldardrápa (Þstf Stuttdr 2II, 3II) are erroneously attributed to Þorvaldr in Morkinskinna. The nickname blǫnduskáld cannot be explained with certainty. Finnur Jónsson (LH I, 72) thinks it possible that Þorvaldr composed about a man with the nickname blanda (ON blanda is a liquid mixture, usually of whey and water; cf. Finnur Jónsson 1907, 289). That nickname is attested in Sverris saga (Sv ch. 48, ÍF 30, 74), which mentions a Norwegian called Brynjólfr blanda Eindriðason. According to Finnur Jónsson (Skj), Þorvaldr was an Icelander, but his ethnicity cannot be ascertained.

Sigurðardrápa — Þblǫnd SigdrIII

Vivian Busch 2017, ‘ Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld, Sigurðardrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 487. <> (accessed 18 January 2022)

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Skj: Þórvaldr blǫnduskáld: 1. Sigurðardrápa (AI, 492, BI, 464)

in texts: Skm, SnE

SkP info: III, 487

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These two dróttkvætt helmingar by Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld (Þblǫnd Sigdr) are found in Skm (SnE). They are not assigned to a specific poem in the mss but have been joined to form a fragment of a putative SigurðardrápaDrápa about Sigurðr’ by earlier editors (Skj; Skald; SnE 1998), and this is adopted here. The name of the poem stems from the fact that Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 263, 276) lists Þorvaldr as one of the poets of Sigurðr jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’ (d. 1130) and from the content of the stanzas: st. 1 is directly addressed to a king and his retinue, while st. 2 praises the generosity of a king. If the attribution is correct, the poem cannot be later than 1130. The relevant mss for this edition are the SnE mss R (main ms.), , W and U for both stanzas with the addition of A, B and C for st. 2.

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