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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, ‘ 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. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1170> (accessed 18 September 2021)

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, 119

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20 — Eil Þdr 20III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa 20’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 119.

Glaums niðjum fór gǫrva
gramr með dreyrgum hamri;
of salvanið Synjar
sigr hlaut arinbrautar.
Kom at tvíviðar tívi,
tollurr karms þás harmi,
-brautar liðs, of beitti,
bekk- fall, jǫtuns rekka.

Gramr með dreyrgum hamri fór gǫrva {niðjum Glaums}; hlaut sigr of {salvanið {Synjar {arinbrautar}}}. Fall liðs {bekkbrautar} kom at {tívi tvíviðar}, þás {tollurr karms} of beitti rekka jǫtuns harmi.

The ruler with the bloody hammer [= Þórr] totally destroyed {the descendants of Glaumr <giant>} [GIANTS]; [he] gained victory over {the hall-visitor {of the Syn <goddess> {of the hearth-stone-path}}} [MOUNTAINS > GIANTESS > GIANT]. The fall of the retinue {of the bench-road} [HOUSE] came at {the god of the bow} [WARRIOR = Geirrøðr], when {the pole of the wagon-cab} [CHARIOTEER = Þórr] inflicted violence on the warriors of the giant.

texts: Skm 91, SnE 93

editions: Skj Eilífr Goðrúnarson: 2. Þórsdrápa 19 (AI, 151; BI, 143); Skald I, 78-9, NN §§466-8, 3056; SnE 1848-87, I, 302-3, III, 38-9, SnE 1931, 110, SnE 1998, I, 29.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 25r, 20 - 25r, 22 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 26r, 1 - 26r, 1 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 53, 32 - 54, 2 (SnE)  image  image  image  
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