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Þorkell hamarskáld (Þham)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

1. Magnússdrápa (Magndr) - 5

Þorkell hamarskáld (Þham) is unknown. His nickname implies that he came from a farm called Hamarr (meaning ‘Crag’; Finnur Jónsson 1907, 246) or that he might have composed about a person with the nickname hamarr ‘Hammer’ (Lind 1920-1, 134). Þorkell must have stayed in Norway prior to 1066, because he composed a poem about Eysteinn orri ‘Black Grouse’ Þorbergsson (d. 1066) whom he seems to have known personally (Skáldatal, SnE 1848-87, III, 269, 286; Mork 1928-32, 279-80). Skáldatal also lists him among the poets of Óláfr kyrri ‘the Quiet’ Haraldsson and his son, Magnús berfœttr ‘Barelegs’ (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275-6). We do not know whether Þorkell came from Norway or Iceland, but in a helmingr attributed to him in SnE (Skm), he speaks of a gift that a ruler had sent to him of svalan ægi ‘across the cool sea’ (Þham Frag 1/3III), which suggests that he was an Icelander. See also SnE 1848-87, III, 616-18; LH 1894-1901, II, 54-5. In addition to his drápa about Magnús berfœttr and the helmingr in SnE (edited in SkP III), one lv. by Þorkell survives (see Þham Lv below).

Magnússdrápa — Þham MagndrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Þorkell hamarskáld, Magnússdrápa’ 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. 409-14.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5 

Skj: Þórkell hamarskáld: 1. Magnúsdrápa, o. 1104 (AI, 438-9, BI, 407-8)

in texts: Fsk, H-Hr, Hkr, Mberf, Mork, Orkn

SkP info: II, 409-14

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1 Vol. 2. Þorkell hamarskáld, 1. Magnússdrápa, 1 [Vol. 2, 410-11] — Þham Magndr 1II

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Vítt dró sínar sveitir
saman stórhugaðr Þórir
(heldr vôrut þau hǫlðum
haglig rôð) með Agli;
snǫrp frák á því, 's urpu
endr, Skjalgs vinum, lendir
menn við morðhauks brynni,
mein, of afl sér steini.

Skj: Þórkell hamarskáld: 1. Magnúsdrápa 1 (AI, 438; BI, 407-8); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 301x, 39, 42x, 51x, E, F, FskAx, FskBx, H, Hr, J2x, Kx, Mork; texts: Fsk 253, H-Hr 246, Mberf 3, Mork 118
 
2 Vol. 2. Þorkell hamarskáld, 1. Magnússdrápa, 2 [Vol. 2, 411] — Þham Magndr 2II

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Vestr lét varga nistir,
vann hilmir frið bannat,
hrǫnn brutu hlýr en stinnu,
hugprúðr fǫru snúðat.

Skj: Þórkell hamarskáld: 1. Magnúsdrápa 2 (AI, 438; BI, 408); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: F, H, Hr, Mork; texts: Mork 134
 
3 Vol. 2. Þorkell hamarskáld, 1. Magnússdrápa, 3 [Vol. 2, 411-12] — Þham Magndr 3II

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Dunði broddr á brynjur,
bragningr skaut af magni,
sveigði allvaldr Egða
alm, stǫkk blóð á hjalma;
strengs fló hagl í hringa,
(hné ferð) en lét verða
Hǫrða gramr í harðri,
hjarl, sókn banat jarli.

Skj: Þórkell hamarskáld: 1. Magnúsdrápa 3 (AI, 438; BI, 408); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 301x, 325III α, 39, 42x, 51x, E, F, FskAx, FskBx, H, Hr, J2x, Kx, Mork, R702x; texts: Fsk 257, H-Hr 271, Mberf 17, Mork 141, Orkn 30
 
4 Vol. 2. Þorkell hamarskáld, 1. Magnússdrápa, 4 [Vol. 2, 412-13] — Þham Magndr 4II

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Hraustr lét Elfi austar
allvaldr saman gjalla,
vitr stillir rauð vǫllu,
valskan brand ok randir;
varð á víg, þars herjar,
vellmildr konungr, fellu,
(bolr lá gauzkr und gulri
grás arnar kló) þrási.

Skj: Þórkell hamarskáld: 1. Magnúsdrápa 4 (AI, 438-9; BI, 408); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: F, H, Hr, Mork; texts: H-Hr 279, Mork 154
 
5 Vol. 2. Þorkell hamarskáld, 1. Magnússdrápa, 5 [Vol. 2, 413-14] — Þham Magndr 5II

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Uppgǫngu réð yngvi
ítr með helming lítinn,
áræði hykk, áðan,
Eysteins fǫður treystask;
hátt gall hjǫrr, en sótti,
hneit egg við fjǫr seggja,
(malmsœkir rauð mæki)
Magnús í lið gǫgnum.

Skj: Þórkell hamarskáld: 1. Magnúsdrápa 5 (AI, 439; BI, 408); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: H, Hr, Mork; texts: H-Hr 294, Mork 168
 
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