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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eilífr Goðrúnarson (Eil)

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

1. Þórsdrápa (Þdr) - 23

Skj info: Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Islandsk skjald, omkr. 1000. (AI, 148-52, BI, 139-44).

Skj poems:
1. Et digt om Hakon jarl
2. Þórsdrápa
3. Af et kristeligt digt

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, ‘ 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. <> (accessed 29 June 2022)

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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, 99

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

11 — Eil Þdr 11III

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa 11’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 99.

djúpakǫrn drôpu
dolgs vamms firum glamma
stríðkviðjǫndum stǫðvar
stall við rastar falli.
Ógndjarfan hlaut arfi
Eiðsfjarðar hug meira;
skalfa Þórs Þjalfa
þróttar steinn við ótta.


Nor did {{the sea-acorns} [STONES] of animosity} [HEARTS] of the attack-prohibitors {of the disgraceful men {of the place of wolves}} [MOUNTAINS > GIANTS] falter when facing the torrent of the river. {The heir of Eidsfjorden} [= Hákon jarl?] got even more battle-daring courage; {the stone of valour} [HEART] of neither Þórr nor Þjálfi shook with fear.

context: See Context to st. 1.

notes: [5-8]: This helmingr contains the poem’s stef and reappears in st. 22 with variations in the first two lines. Lines 7-8 confirm the courage and fearlessness of the two mythical heroes, Þórr and Þjálfi; l. 5-6, if they refer to Hákon jarl, compare him to the two mythical figures and place him above them: he is said to possess even greater courage (meira hug).

texts: Skm 83, SnE 85

editions: Skj Eilífr Goðrúnarson: 2. Þórsdrápa 10 (AI, 150; BI, 141); Skald I, 77, NN §§454, 455, 1936A, 2502B; SnE 1848-87, I, 296-7, III, 31-2, SnE 1931, 108-9, SnE 1998, I, 28.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 25r, 1 - 25r, 4 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 25v, 17 - 25v, 20 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 53, 16 - 53, 18 (SnE)  image  image  image  
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