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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gizurr Þorvaldsson (Giz)

13th century; volume 4; ed. Guðrún Nordal;

II. Hákonardrápa (Hákdr) - 1

Skj info: Gizurr Þorvaldsson, Islandsk höfding, 13. årh. (AII, 98-99, BII, 110-11).

Skj poems:
1. En drape om Hakon d. gamle
2. Lausavísur

This edition is currently in preparation. The biography below may represent a superseded edition, notes and/or an interim or draft version. Do not cite this material without consulting the volume and skald editors.

Gizurr Þorvaldsson’s life is well-documented in &t.Stu;. He was an influential and powerful chieftain (goði), becoming the first earl of Iceland in 1259. He was ordained subdeacon. Gizurr travelled abroad many times and stayed for long periods in Norway. In 1247 he went on a pilgrimage to Rome, where he received absolution from Pope Innocent IV. He died in 1268. Among his forefathers were Ísleifr Gizurarson and Gizurr Ísleifsson, the first two bishops at &n48;. His grandfather, Gizurr Hallsson, was renowned as a scholar and historian, and associated with the writing of &t.Hungrv;, &t.PBp; and perhaps Veraldar saga. His father, Þorvaldr Gizurarson, founded the Augustinian monastery on Viðey. Gizurr is mentioned among King Hákon Hákonarson’s poets in both versions of Skáldatal. Only a half-stanza survives as evidence of his role as a court poet. It was composed in celebration of King Hákon’s battle with the Danes in 1257 and preserved in &t.Hak;. Two stanzas exist in &t.Stu;, one composed after the burning of his farm at &n50; in &n51; in 1253, the other after he had avenged the killing of his family a year later (&t.Stu; 1906, I, 132-3).

Hákonardrápa (‘Drápa about Hákon’) — Giz HákdrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Gizurr Þorvaldsson, Hákonardrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 673-4. <> (accessed 20 January 2022)


Skj: Gizurr Þorvaldsson: 1. En drape om Hakon d. gamle (AII, 98, BII, 110); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: II, 673-4

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1 — Giz Hákdr 1II

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