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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þórarinn stuttfeldr (Þstf)

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

1. Stuttfeldardrápa (Stuttdr) - 7

Skj info: Þórarinn stuttfeldr, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 489-92, BI, 461-4).

Skj poems:
1. Stuttfeldardrápa
2. Lausavísur

Þórarinn stuttfeldr ‘Short-cloak’ (Þstf) is known only from the episode recounted in Msona in Mork (Mork), H-Hr (H, Hr) and the interpolated mss of Hkr (F, E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ), in which he acquired his nickname stuttfeldr (see Mork 1928-32, 385-7; Fms 7, 152-5; F 1871, 299-300; E 1916, 150-1). See also Þstf Lv 1-3 below and Sjórs Lv 2. Þórarinn is listed among the poets of Sigurðr jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’ Magnússon (d. 1130) in Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 263, 276, 629-31). According to Mork (1928-32, 386), Þórarinn was an Icelander.

Stuttfeldardrápa — Þstf StuttdrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Þórarinn stuttfeldr, Stuttfeldardrápa’ 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. 473-9. <> (accessed 28 June 2022)

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Skj: Þórarinn stuttfeldr: 1. Stuttfeldardrápa, o. 1120 (AI, 489-91, BI, 461-3)

in texts: H-Hr, Hkr, Mork, Msona

SkP info: II, 473-9

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The name of the poem, Stuttfeldardrápa ‘Stuttfeldr’s Drápa’ (Þstf Stuttdr), is not transmitted in the prose texts in conjunction with the sts, but in the brief anecdote that describes the dealings between Sigurðr and Þórarinn (see Biography above), Þórarinn is said to have composed a praise poem about Sigurðr called Stuttfeldardrápa (see Mork 1928-32, 387; Fms 7, 154; F 1871, 300; E 1916, 151). It is likely that the sts below belong to that encomium (see Fidjestøl 1982, 158; SnE 1848-87, III, 630). In Mork sts 2-3 are erroneously attributed to Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld (Þblǫnd), whereas all of the other mss give Þórarinn stuttfeldr as the poet.

The poem chronicles Sigurðr jórsalafari’s journey to Palestine and Byzantium, 1008-11 (see also Sjórs Lv 3, ESk Sigdr I, Hskv Útkv and Hskv Útdr). Stanzas 1, 3 and 7 are transmitted in Msona in Mork (Mork) and H, Hr (H-Hr), sts 2 and 4 in Mork, H, Hr and in mss , 39, F, E, J2ˣ of MsonaHkr and sts 5-6 are preserved only in H, Hr. Mork is the main ms. for sts 1-4, 7, and H is the main ms. for sts 5-6. The order of sts is determined by the chronology of the events they describe. The metre is tøglag ‘journey metre’ (see SnSt Ht 68-9III; SnE 1999, 29-30) with regular rhyme and alliteration as in dróttkvætt. In some sts of Stuttdr rhyme and double alliteration are missing in the first l.

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