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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 28 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, 121

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21 — Eil Þdr 21III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa 21’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 121.

Herblótinn vá hneitir
hógbrotningi skógar
undirfjalfrs af alfi
alfheims bliku kalfa,
né liðfǫstum Lista
látrs val-Rygir môttu
aldrminkanda aldar
Ellu steins of bella.

{Herblótinn hneitir {kalfa {undirfjalfrs {bliku alfheims}}}} vá hógbrotningi skógar af alfi; né môttu {Rygir {Lista {vallátrs}}} of bella {liðfǫstum aldrminkanda {aldar {Ellu steins}}}.

{The people-worshipped vanquisher {of the calves {of the low hiding-place {of the gleam of the elf-world}}}} [SUN > CAVE > GIANTS > = Þórr] fought vigorously with the handy weapon of the forest; nor could {the Rygir {of the Lista {of the falcon-lair}}} [(lit. ‘falcon-Rygir of the lair of Lista’) ROCK > MOUNTAINS > GIANTS] resist {the life-diminisher {of the people {of the Ælla <Northumbrian king> of the stone}}} [GIANT > GIANTS > = Þórr], support-strong.

texts: Skm 92, SnE 94

editions: Skj Eilífr Goðrúnarson: 2. Þórsdrápa 20 (AI, 151; BI, 144); Skald I, 79, NN §§469, 2218C, 2254; SnE 1848-87, I, 302-3, III, 39, SnE 1931, 110, SnE 1998, I, 30.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 25r, 23 - 25r, 25 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 26r, 3 - 26r, 3 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 54, 3 - 54, 4 (SnE)  image  image  image  
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