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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;

2. Fragment (Frag) - 1

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.

Fragment — Þblǫnd FragIII

Vivian Busch 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld, Fragment’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 489.

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Skj: Þórvaldr blǫnduskáld: 2. Af et ubestemmeligt digt (AI, 492, BI, 464); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: LaufE, Skm, SnE

SkP info: III, 489

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files

 

This helmingr by Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld (Þblǫnd Frag) is recorded in Skm (SnE) and LaufE. It is composed in kviðuháttr metre, which might hint at the poem’s genre, since this metre is often used in longer genealogical or memorial poems (cf. the section on kviðuháttr in the General Introduction ‘4.3. Skaldic metres’ in SkP I). Because Þorvaldr is listed among the skalds of Sigurðr jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’ (r. 1103-30) in Skáldatal, the helmingr can be dated to the first half of the twelfth century (see Þorvaldr’s Biography above). The relevant mss for this edition are R (main ms.), , W, U, B (SnE), as well as 743ˣ and 2368ˣ (LaufE).

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