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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 19 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, 89

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

7 — Eil Þdr 7III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa 7’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 89.

Þar í mǫrk fyrir markar
málhvettan byr settu
(né hvélvǫlur Hallar
háfs) skotnaðra (svôfu).
Knátti, hreggi hǫggvin*,
hlymþél við mǫl glymja,
en fellihryn fjalla
Feðju þaut með steðja.

Þar settu {skotnaðra} í {mǫrk háfs} fyrir {málhvettan byr markar}; né svôfu {hvélvǫlur Hallar}. {Hlymþél} knátti glymja við mǫl, en {hreggi hǫggvin* fellihryn fjalla} þaut með {steðja Feðju}.

There they set {shot-adders} [SPEARS] in {the borderland of the fish trap} [RIVER] against {the chattering wind of the borderland} [RIVER]; {the wheel-knuckles of Hǫll <river>} [STONES] did not sleep. {The din-file} [SPEAR] resounded against the gravel, and {the storm-blasted toppling-noise of the mountains} [RIVER] roared against {the anvil of Fedje <river>} [ROCK].

texts: Skm 79, SnE 81

editions: Skj Eilífr Goðrúnarson: 2. Þórsdrápa 6 (AI, 149; BI, 140); Skald I, 77, NN §§447, 448; SnE 1848-87, I, 294-5, III, 29, SnE 1931, 108, SnE 1998, I, 27.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 24v, 30 - 24v, 32 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 25v, 8 - 25v, 10 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 53, 7 - 53, 9 (SnE)  image  image  image  
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