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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorleifr skúma Þorkelsson (Þskúm)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Diana Whaley;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Þórleifr skúma Þórkelsson, Islænder, deltog i Jomsvikingeslaget. (AI, 117, BI, 111-112).

Skj poems:

Þorleifr (Þskúm), together with the sole stanza attributed to him, features in the Jvs and Fsk accounts of the battle of Hjǫrungavágr (Liavågen, c. 985), in which he fell; see Eskál Lv 3, Bjbp Jóms 34/5 and Context to Jóms 34. He is said in Jvs (1879, 73) to have been the son of Þorkell inn auðgi ‘the Wealthy’ of Mýrar in Dýrafjörður, north-west Iceland, and skúma appears as his nickname, whereas Fsk (ÍF 29, 131) refers to Skúmr as his given name, and regards Þórðr ǫrvhǫnd ‘Left-handed’ (also mentioned in Jvs) as his brother. The meaning of the nickname skúma is uncertain. Finnur Jónsson (1907, 200) and Lind (1920-1, 335) take it to mean ‘squinting’, though the root skúm- also has associations with darkness, as in skúmi m. ‘dusk’ and skúma-skot n. ‘dusk, a dark nook’ (CVC: skúmi; LP: skúmr), and Finnur Jónsson (LP) suggests skummelt udseende person ‘gloomy-looking person’ for skúmr m. in Hundk Lv 3/7VIII.

Lausavísa — Þskúm LvI

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þorleifr skúma Þorkelsson, 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. 359.


Skj: Þórleifr skúma Þórkelsson: Lausavísa, o. 986 (AI, 117, BI, 111-112); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Flat, FoGT, Fsk, Gramm, Jvs, LaufE

SkP info: I, 359

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1. 291 - 34v/3-34v/5 (VEÞ)
hefi ec  heɴdi til hꜹfvþs ge | rfa beín brot Bva bꜹl Sigvallda vá vikinga uꜹrn haconar sia skal vera ef ver lifom æ̨iki ky | lva ǫ́þꜹrf dꜹnom·
510 - 59r/35-59v/3 (VEÞ)
Hefi eg j || hendi til hofuds gíorfa . beín brot bua . baul síguallda . | uo᷎ uikinga . uo᷎rn haconar . sía skal uerda . ef uær lífum . eike kylfan . oþo | rf daunum.
FskBx - 28v/3-28v/6
Hævi ec i hendi til hofuðs gorfa || bæin brot Bua bol Sigvallda || Sia scal vera er ver lifum || æiki klubba oþorf danum
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