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Þórarinn loftunga (Þloft)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Matthew Townend;

3. Glælognskviða (Glækv) - 10

Few biographical facts are known about Þórarinn loftunga ‘Praise-tongue’ (Þloft). In introducing Þórarinn’s service to King Knútr inn ríki Sveinsson (Cnut the Great), Snorri Sturluson (ÍF 27, 307; cf. ÓH 1941, I, 473) records in general terms that he was an Icelander and a great poet (skáld mikit) who had spent a great deal of time with kings and other chieftains. Knýtl (ÍF 35, 124) gives a similar portrait, and adds that Þórarinn was gamall ‘old’ when he first came to Knútr. However, all of Þórarinn’s extant poetry derives from his service to Knútr and his son Sveinn, and these are the only monarchs for whom Þórarinn is recorded as a poet in Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 258, 267). Þorm Lv 10/1-2 also refers to Knútr rewarding Þórarinn with gold over a long period (for the anecdote in which it is quoted see ÓHLeg 1982, 124-8; ÓH 1941, II, 799-804), and his pre-Knútr career must remain hypothetical. Parts of three poems are preserved: Hǫfuðlausn (Hfl) and Tøgdrápa (Tøgdr) for Knútr, and Glælognskviða (Glækv) for Sveinn, probably composed in this order, and between c. 1027 and 1034; for circumstances of composition and preservation see individual Introductions below. The evidence of the poems suggests that Þórarinn entered Knútr’s service in either England or Denmark, accompanied him on his journey to Norway in 1028, and after 1030 remained at Sveinn’s court in Norway at least until c. 1032. For previous discussions of Þórarinn’s career see LH I, 601-3, Malcolm (1993), and Townend (2005, 256-7).

Glælognskviða — Þloft GlækvI

Matthew Townend 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þórarinn loftunga, Glælognskviða’ 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. 863.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9 

for reference only:  10x 

Skj: Þórarinn loftunga: 3. Glælognskviða, 1032 (AI, 324-7, BI, 300-1)

in texts: Flat, Fsk, Hkr, ÓH, ÓHHkr

SkP info: I, 863

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1 Vol. 1. 51. Þórarinn loftunga, 3. Glælognskviða, 1 [Vol. 1, 865] — Þloft Glækv 1I

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Þat's dullaust,
hvé Danir gerðu
dyggva fǫr
með dǫglingi. -
Þar vas jarl
at upphafi,
ok hverr maðr,
es honum fylgði,
annarr drengr
ǫðrum betri.

Skj: Þórarinn loftunga: 3. Glælognskviða 1 (AI, 324-5; BI, 300); kviðuháttr; ed. MT; group: A1; mss: 301x, 309, 321x, 325V, 325VI, 61, 73ax, 972x, Bb, E, Flat, FskAx, Holm2, Holm4, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 628, Fsk 164, ÓH 175(171), ÓHHkr 164
 
2 Vol. 1. 51. Þórarinn loftunga, 3. Glælognskviða, 2 [Vol. 1, 866] — Þloft Glækv 2I

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Nú hefr sér
til sess hagat
þjóðkonungr
í Þrándheimi,
þar vill ey
ævi sína
bauga brjótr
byggðum ráða.

Skj: Þórarinn loftunga: 3. Glælognskviða 2 (AI, 325; BI, 300); kviðuháttr; ed. MT; group: A1; mss: 321x, 325V, 325VI, 325VII, 39, 61, 73ax, 972x, Bb, Flat, Holm2, Holm4, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 638, ÓH 177(173), ÓHHkr 166
 
3 Vol. 1. 51. Þórarinn loftunga, 3. Glælognskviða, 3 [Vol. 1, 867] — Þloft Glækv 3I

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Þars Áleifr
áðan byggði,
áðr hann hvarf
til himinríkis,
ok þar varð,
sem vitu allir,
kykvasettr
ór konungmanni.

Skj: Þórarinn loftunga: 3. Glælognskviða 3 (AI, 325; BI, 300); kviðuháttr; ed. MT; group: A1; mss: 321x, 325V, 325VI, 325VII, 39, 61, 73ax, 972x, Bb, Flat, Holm2, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 639, ÓH 178(174), ÓHHkr 167
 
4 Vol. 1. 51. Þórarinn loftunga, 3. Glælognskviða, 4 [Vol. 1, 869] — Þloft Glækv 4I

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Hafði sér
harðla ráðit
Haralds sonr
til himinríkis,
áðr seimbrjótr
at sætti varð
- - - - - -
- - - - - -

Skj: Þórarinn loftunga: 3. Glælognskviða 4 (AI, 325; BI, 300); kviðuháttr; ed. MT; group: A1; mss: 325V, 325VII, 39, 61, 73ax, 972x, Bb, Flat, Holm2, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 640, ÓH 179(175), ÓHHkr 168
 
5 Vol. 1. 51. Þórarinn loftunga, 3. Glælognskviða, 5 [Vol. 1, 870] — Þloft Glækv 5I

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Þar svát hreinn
með heilu liggr
lofsæll gramr
líki sínu,
ok þar kná,
sem kvikum manni,
hár ok negl
hônum vaxa.

Skj: Þórarinn loftunga: 3. Glælognskviða 5 (AI, 326; BI, 300-1); kviðuháttr; ed. MT; group: A1; mss: 321x, 325V, 325VI, 325VII, 325XI 2 n, 39, 61, 73ax, 972x, Bb, Flat, Holm2, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 641, ÓH 180(176), ÓHHkr 169
 
6 Vol. 1. 51. Þórarinn loftunga, 3. Glælognskviða, 6 [Vol. 1, 871] — Þloft Glækv 6I

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Þar borðveggs
bjǫllut kneigu
of sæing hans
sjalfar hringjask,
ok hvern dag
heyra þjóðir
klokna hljóð
of konungmanni.

Skj: Þórarinn loftunga: 3. Glælognskviða 6 (AI, 326; BI, 301); kviðuháttr; ed. MT; group: A1; mss: 321x, 325V, 325VI, 325VII, 325XI 2 n, 39, 61, 73ax, 972x, Bb, Flat, Holm2, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 642, ÓH 181(177), ÓHHkr 170
 
7 Vol. 1. 51. Þórarinn loftunga, 3. Glælognskviða, 7 [Vol. 1, 872] — Þloft Glækv 7I

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En þar upp
af altári
Kristi þæg
kerti brenna;
svá hefr Áleifr,
áðr andaðisk,
synðalauss,
sôlu borgit.

Skj: Þórarinn loftunga: 3. Glælognskviða 7 (AI, 326; BI, 301); kviðuháttr; ed. MT; group: A1; mss: 321x, 325V, 325VI, 325VII, 325XI 2 n, 39, 61, 73ax, 972x, Bb, Flat, Holm2, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 643, ÓH 182(178), ÓHHkr 171
 
8 Vol. 1. 51. Þórarinn loftunga, 3. Glælognskviða, 8 [Vol. 1, 873] — Þloft Glækv 8I

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En herr manns,
es heilagr es
konungr sjalfr,
krýpr at gagni,
ok beiðendr
blindir sœkja
þjóðan máls,
en þaðan heilir.

Skj: Þórarinn loftunga: 3. Glælognskviða 8 (AI, 326-7; BI, 301); kviðuháttr; ed. MT; group: A1; mss: 321x, 325VI, 325VII, 325XI 2 n, 39, 61, 972x, Flat, Holm2, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 644, ÓH 183(179), ÓHHkr 172
 
9 Vol. 1. 51. Þórarinn loftunga, 3. Glælognskviða, 9 [Vol. 1, 875] — Þloft Glækv 9I

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Bið Áleif,
at unni þér
(hann's goðs maðr)
grundar sinnar;
hann of getr
af goði sjǫlfum
ár ok frið
ǫllum mǫnnum.

Skj: Þórarinn loftunga: 3. Glælognskviða 9 (AI, 327; BI, 301); kviðuháttr; ed. MT; group: A1; mss: 321x, 325V, 325VI, 325VII, 325XI 2 n, 39, 61, 73ax, 972x, Bb, E, Flat, Holm2, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 645, ÓH 184(180), ÓHHkr 173
 
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