Gamli kanóki (Gamlkan)
12th century; volume 7; ed. Katrina Attwood;
1. Harmsól (Has) - 65
2. Jónsdrápa (Jóndr) - 4
Gamli kanóki ‘canon Gamli’ (where the name Gamli, ‘the old one’ may itself be a nickname) is best known as the author of the poem Harmsól ‘Sun of Sorrow’, which is explicitly ascribed to him in a marginal note at the beginning of the poem on fol. 12r, l. 42 of the sole surviving ms., AM 757 a 4° (B): Harmsol er gamle orti kanoke ‘Harmsól, which canon Gamli composed’. Gamli is also mentioned by name in Jóns saga postula (Jón4), where the author of the prose text prefaces the quotation of four sts from Gamli’s Jónsdrápa with the information: Annan mann til óðgirðar signaðum Johanni nefnum vér Gamla kanunk austr í Þykkvabœ, hann orti drápu dyrligum Johanni ‘As the second man to have composed a poem to blessed John we [I] name canon Gamli in the east at Þykkvabœr, he composed a drápa to S. John’ (Jón4 1874, 510). In a remark before the fourth st. Gamli is referred to as bróðir Gamli ‘Brother Gamli’ (Jón4 1874, 511). Þykkvabœr was an Augustinian monastery in south-eastern Iceland founded in 1168; Gamli was thus an Augustinian canon (or canon regular) of this community. His floruit can be inferred from the date of the foundation of Þykkvabœr as being in the mid- to late C12th.
2006-12-15 - Gamli kanoki w. MCR corrections
Jónsdrápa (‘Drápa about the Apostle John’)
Beatrice La Farge 2007, ‘ Gamli kanóki, Jónsdrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 133-6. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1197> (accessed 23 May 2022)
Skj: Gamli kanóki: 1. Jóansdrápa (AI, 561, BI, 547-8)
SkP info: VII, 136
4 — Gamlkan Jóndr 4VII
The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).
Hǫrðu lát mik hverju firðan,
hreinlífr faðir dróttar, meini,
síðan mætti ór of eyðask
andar sôr, þvís ljónum grandar;
flotna, vildak frá þér aldri,
ferð geymandi, skiliðr verða,
uggr's mér hvárt þá mák þiggja
þessa gipt, es heimar skiptask. (hrynhent)
texts: ‹Jón4 7›
editions: Skj Gamli kanóki: 1. Jóansdrápa 4 (AI, 561; BI, 548); Skald I, 266; Jón4 1874, 511, Bugge 1874, 934, Lange 1958a, 82.