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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, 87

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

6 — Eil Þdr 6III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa 6’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 87.

Ok vegþverrir varra
vann fetrunnar Nǫnnu
hjalts af hagli oltnar
hlaupár of ver gaupu.
Mjǫk leið ór stað støkkvir
stikleiðar veg breiðan
urðar þrjóts, þars eitri,
œstr, þjóðáar fnœstu.

Ok {vegþverrir {varra Nǫnnu}} vann fetrunnar hlaupár hjalts, oltnar af hagli, of {ver gaupu}. {Œstr støkkvir {þrjóts urðar}} leið mjǫk ór stað breiðan veg {stikleiðar}, þars þjóðáar fnœstu eitri.

And {the path-diminisher {of the waters of Nanna <female mythical being>}} [RIVER > = Þórr] was able to foot-traverse the fast-flowing streams of the sword, swollen with hail, over {the sea of the lynx} [MOUNTAINS]. {The ardent banisher {of the lout of the stone}} [GIANT > = Þórr] advanced greatly on the broad road {of the stake-path} [FORD], where great rivers sprayed poison.

texts: Skm 78, SnE 80

editions: Skj Eilífr Goðrúnarson: 2. Þórsdrápa 5 (AI, 149; BI, 140); Skald I, 77; SnE 1848-87, I, 292-5, III, 28, SnE 1931, 108, SnE 1998, I, 26-7.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 24v, 27 - 24v, 29 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 25v, 5 - 25v, 8 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 53, 5 - 53, 7 (SnE)  image  image  image  
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