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Eilífr Goðrúnarson (Eil)

10th century; volume 3; ed. Edith Marold;

1. Þórsdrápa (Þdr) - 23

Hardly anything is known about the life of Eilífr Goðrúnarson (Eil). According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 256, 266, 280), he was active as a skald at the court of Hákon jarl Sigurðarson in Norway around the end of the tenth century. Some scholars have argued that a word-play in a stanza preserved in Skm (SnE) conceals the name of Hákon jarl, thus confirming the information of Skáldatal, but the present edition, following Lie (1976, 399) is sceptical of that hypothesis (see Þdr 23, Note to [All]). Eilífr’s only surviving works are the long poem Þórsdrápa (Eil Þdr, 23 stanzas) and one fragment of a Christian poem (Eil Frag).

Þórsdrápa — Eil ÞdrIII

Edith Marold with the assistance of Vivian Busch, Jana Krüger, Ann-Dörte Kyas and Katharina Seidel, translated from German by John Foulks 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 68.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23 

Skj: Eilífr Goðrúnarson: 2. Þórsdrápa (AI, 148-52, BI, 139-44); stanzas (if different): 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21

SkP info: III, 124

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23 — Eil Þdr 23III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa 23’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 124.

Verðið ér, alls orða
oss grœr of kon mœrar
á sefreinu Sónar
sáð, vingjǫfum ráða.

Ér verðið ráða vingjǫfum, alls {sáð orða Sónar} of {kon mœrar} grœr oss á {sefreinu}.

You must decide the gifts of friendship, as {the seed of the words of Són <mythical vat>} [POETRY] about {the descendant of the land (= Jǫrð)} [= Þórr] grows for us [me] in {the mind-land} [BREAST].

texts: Skm 36, SnE 38

editions: Skj Eilífr Goðrúnarson: 1. Et digt om Hakon jarl (AI, 148; BI, 139); Skald I, 76, NN §441; SnE 1848-87, I, 250-1, II, 307, 522, III, 13, SnE 1931, 93, SnE 1998, I, 13.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 21v, 12 - 21v, 13 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 22r, 6 - 22r, 7 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 46, 23 - 46, 24 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 27r, 15 - 27r, 16 (SnE)  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 4r, 45 - 4r, 45 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 82r, 7 - 82r, 10 (Skáldatal)  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated