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Gullásu-Þórðr (GullásÞ)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

1. Víðkunnsdrápa (Víðdr) - 1

Gullásu-Þórðr (GullásÞ) was a young Icelander who came to Norway in the days of King Eysteinn Magnússon (d. 1122) and took up with the wealthy Norw. widow Gull-Ása ‘Gold-Ása’, a kinswoman of the district chieftain Víðkunnr Jónsson of Bjarkøy (for Víðkunnr, see ‘Biographies of Other Dignitaries’ in Introduction to this vol.). Þórðr became a prosperous merchant and eventually married Ása (see SnE 1848-87, III, 748-50; Mork 1928-32, 359-64; Fms 7, 111-18; ÍF 11, 337-49). He is otherwise unknown. The story of Þórðr and Ása is told in Gull-Ásu-Þórðar þáttr (GullÁsuÞ) and preserved in MsonaMork (Mork), MsonaH-Hr (H, Hr) and in AM 518 4°ˣ (518ˣ). The original þáttr, which formed the basis for the extant narratives, must have been composed prior to 1217 (ÍF 11, cxvi). GullÁsuÞ has been edited (from 518ˣ with variants from Mork, H and Hr) in ÍF 11, 337-49.

Víðkunnsdrápa (‘Drápa about Víðkunnr (Jónsson)’) — GullásÞ VíðdrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Gullásu-Þórðr, Víðkunnsdrápa’ 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. 470-1.

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Gullôsu-Þórðr: 1. Víðkunnsdrápa, o. 1110 (AI, 453, BI, 421); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: II, 470-1

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1 — GullásÞ Víðdr 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Gullásu-Þórðr, Víðkunnsdrápa 1’ 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. 470-1.

Hart ríðr hildar birti
hjalmrunnr í folkgunni
Jóans ættstuðill einart
allfróðr í styr þjóða.

{Hjalmrunnr} ríðr {birti hildar} hart í folkgunni, {allfróðr ættstuðill Jóans}, einart í styr þjóða.

{The helmet-tree} [WARRIOR] swings {the brightness of battle} [SWORD] hard in the pitched battle, {the all-wise kin-pillar of Jón} [= Víðkunnr], steadily, in the war of nations.

texts: GullÁsuÞ 1

editions: Skj Gullôsu-Þórðr: 1. Víðkunnsdrápa (AI, 453; BI, 421); Skald I, 208, NN §§919, 1151; ÍF 11, 342 (GullÁsuÞ).

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AM 518 4°x (518x) 1v, 13 - 1v, 14  image  image  
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