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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorkell klyppr Þórðarson (Þklypp)

10th century; volume 1; ed. R. D. Fulk;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Þórkell klyppr Þórðarson, Norsk, ved midten af 10. årh. (AI, 99, BI, 93).

Skj poems:

This skald (Þklypp) is known only through the incident to which his sole lausavísa is attached, and saga chronology would place this in the 970s (e.g. Hkr 1991, I, 144-5). Þorkell is said to have been a hersir in Hǫrðaland (Hordaland), and son of the famous Þórðr Hǫrða-Kárason. The nickname is recorded as klyppr in Flat, but kleypr (ms. ‘clꜹpr’) in Ágr, and is of uncertain meaning, but possibly ‘Thick-set’ (Lind 1920-1, 205). In Fsk and Hkr, Klyppr is a given name rather than a nickname.

Lausavísa — Þklypp LvI

R. D. Fulk 2012, ‘ Þorkell klyppr Þórðarson, Lausavísa’ 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. 269. <> (accessed 26 June 2022)


Skj: Þórkell klyppr Þórðarson: Lausavísa, omkr. 965; ægte? (AI, 99, BI, 93); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Flat, SSlef

SkP info: I, 269

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files


The stanza (Þklypp Lv) is preserved only in Flat (ms. Flat), in Sigurðar þáttr slefu (SSlef, Flat 1860-8, I, 19-21), although the event it belongs to is more widely recorded. During the reign of Haraldr gráfeldr ‘Grey-cloak’ Eiríksson (c. 961-c. 970), the king’s brother Sigurðr slefa ‘Saliva, dribble’ takes Ólǫf, wife of Þorkell, by force; see Context below for the details and sequel in Flat. The Ágr account is that during an uprising of the Vǫrsar, Þorkell avenges the rape of his wife by running Sigurðr through with a sword, and is instantly killed by a retainer of Sigurðr, Erlingr gamli ‘the Old’ (Ágr, ÍF 29, 13; variant accounts are also found in HN 2003, 84-7; Fsk, ÍF 29, 103; and Hkr, ÍF 26, 219).

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