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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, ‘(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.

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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, 80

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

3 — Eil Þdr 3III

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance

 

Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 80.

Gǫrr varð í fǫr fyrri
farmr meinsvarra arma
sóknar hapts með svipti
sagna galdrs an Rǫgnir.
Þylk granstrauma Grímnis;
gall- manntælendr halla
-ópnis ilja gaupnum
Endils um spenndu.

 

{{The cargo of the arms} [LOVER] {of the harm-woman}} [= Angrboða > = Loki] was ready for the journey with {the mover of troops} [LEADER = Þórr] earlier than {the Rǫgnir {of the incantation {of the god of battle}}}. [= Óðinn > BATTLE > WARRIOR = Þjálfi] I recite {the lip-streams of Grímnir}; [POEM] {the destroyers {of the man {of the halls of the shrill-crier}}} [(lit. ‘man-destroyers of the halls of the shrill-crier’) MOUNTAINS > GIANT > = Þórr and his companion] clasped {the Mór of Endill} [SHIP] with the palms of their foot-soles.

context: See Context to st. 1.

notes: According to the interpretation given here, Loki seems to have been prepared to journey into the giant’s world before Þjálfi was ready (see Introduction above).

texts: Skm 76, SnE 78

editions: Skj Eilífr Goðrúnarson: 2. Þórsdrápa 3 (AI, 148-9; BI, 140); Skald I, 77, NN §§1080, 2106; SnE 1848-87, I, 292-3, III, 25-6, SnE 1931, 108, SnE 1998, I, 26.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 24v, 22 - 24v, 24 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 25r, 31 - 25v, 2 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 53, 1 - 53, 3 (SnE)  image  image  image  
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