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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 26 October 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, 123

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22 — Eil Þdr 22III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa 22’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 123.

Vreiðr stóð Vrǫsku bróðir;
vá gagn faðir Magna;
skelfra Þórs né Þjalfa
þróttar steinn við ótta.

{Bróðir Vrǫsku} stóð vreiðr; {faðir Magna} vá gagn; {steinn þróttar} Þórs né Þjalfa skelfra við ótta.

{The brother of Rǫskva} [= Þjálfi] stood furious; {the father of Magni <god>} [= Þórr] won victory; {the stone of valour} [HEART] of neither Þórr nor Þjálfi trembles with terror.

texts: Skm 44, SnE 46

editions: Skj Eilífr Goðrúnarson: 2. Þórsdrápa 21 (AI, 152; BI, 144); Skald I, 79, NN §2446, SnE 1848-87, I, 254-5, II, 308, III, 15, SnE 1931, 95, SnE 1998, I, 15.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 21v, 33 - 21v, 34 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 22r, 22 - 22r, 23 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 47, 9 - 47, 10 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 27v, 9 - 27v, 10 (SnE)  image  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 81r, 2 - 81r, 5 (Skáldatal)  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated