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Runic Dictionary

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Þórálfr (-valdr) (Þórálfr)

11th century; volume 3; ed. Diana Whaley;

Fragment (Frag) - 1

Nothing is known of this skald (Þórálfr) and his poetry beyond the fact the helmingr below is cited in SnE (Skm) amidst citations mainly from well-known tenth-century skalds. The name of the skald is given as ‘þoralfr’ in W and B, and since these two mss are considered not closely related this makes this form marginally the best supported. Ms. has ‘þorolfr’, as does R, though a patch of damage in R obscures the final letters, ‘þorol[…]’. The form ‘þorvalldr’ in U could be influenced by a citation from Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld five lines later. The name is printed in Skj as ‘Þórálfr (-valdr)’ but in LP (p. xvi) as ‘Þórolfr (-alfr, ‑valdr)’.

Fragment — Þórálfr FragIII

Diana Whaley 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Þórálfr (-valdr), 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. 467.

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Þórálfr (-valdr): Af et ubestemmeligt digt (AI, 418, BI, 388); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Skm, SnE

SkP info: III, 467

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The fragment (Þórálfr Frag) appears to depict an intervention by Óðinn in a battle, but its context, in terms of its source poem and the circumstances that gave rise to it, are as uncertain as the identity of the poet. The Hárekr named in the stanza cannot be identified, despite the relative rarity of the name (see Note to l. 4 below). The SnE mss used below are R (as main ms.), , W, U, B.

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