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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, 101

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

12 — Eil Þdr 12III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa 12’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 101.

Ok †sifuna† síðan
sverðs liðhat*ar gerðu
hlífar borðs við Hǫrða
harðgleypnis dyn barða,
áðr hylriðar hæði
hrjóðendr fjǫru þjóðar
við skyld-Breta skytju
skálleik Heðins reikar.

Ok síðan gerðu †sifuna† sverðs liðhat*ar {dyn {harðgleypnis {borðs hlífar}}} við {Hǫrða barða}, áðr hylriðar, hrjóðendr {þjóðar fjǫru}, hæði {{Heðins {reikar skál}}leik} við {skyld-Breta skytju}.

And afterwards the … haters of the help of the sword [= Þórr and Þjálfi] held a {din {of the harsh swallower {of the board of defence}}} [SHIELD > SWORD > BATTLE] against {the Hǫrðar of precipices} [GIANTS], before the pool-steppers [= Þórr and Þjálfi], the destroyers {of the people of the shore} [GIANTS], could engage in {the game {{of the bowl of the hair-parting} [HAT] of Heðinn <legendary hero>}} [(lit. ‘bowl-game of the hair-parting of Heðinn’) HELMET > BATTLE] against {the kin-Britons of the markswoman [= Skaði]} [GIANTS].

texts: Skm 84, SnE 86

editions: Skj Eilífr Goðrúnarson: 2. Þórsdrápa 11 (AI, 150; BI, 142); Skald I, 78, NN §§456, 457, 2495C; SnE 1848-87, I, 296-9, III, 32-3, SnE 1931, 109, SnE 1998, I, 28.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 25r, 4 - 25r, 6 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 25v, 20 - 25v, 22 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 53, 18 - 53, 20 (SnE)  image  image  image  
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