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Þorkell hamarskáld (Þham)

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

III. Fragment (Frag) - 1

Þorkell hamarskáld (Þham) is unknown. His nickname implies that he came from a farm called Hamarr (meaning ‘Crag’; Finnur Jónsson 1907, 246) or that he might have composed about a person with the nickname hamarr ‘Hammer’ (Lind 1920-1, 134). Þorkell must have stayed in Norway prior to 1066, because he composed a poem about Eysteinn orri ‘Black Grouse’ Þorbergsson (d. 1066) whom he seems to have known personally (Skáldatal, SnE 1848-87, III, 269, 286; Mork 1928-32, 279-80). Skáldatal also lists him among the poets of Óláfr kyrri ‘the Quiet’ Haraldsson and his son, Magnús berfœttr ‘Barelegs’ (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275-6). We do not know whether Þorkell came from Norway or Iceland, but in a helmingr attributed to him in SnE (Skm), he speaks of a gift that a ruler had sent to him of svalan ægi ‘across the cool sea’ (Þham Frag 1/3III), which suggests that he was an Icelander. See also SnE 1848-87, III, 616-18; LH 1894-1901, II, 54-5. In addition to his drápa about Magnús berfœttr and the helmingr in SnE (edited in SkP III), one lv. by Þorkell survives (see Þham Lv below).

Fragment — Þham FragIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘ Þorkell hamarskáld, Fragment’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 482. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=3307> (accessed 19 September 2021)

stanzas:  1 

in texts: Skm, SnE

SkP info: III, 482

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mss referred to in stanzas/text:
AM 744 4°x, AM 748 I b 4°, AM 748 II 4°, AM 757 a 4°, AM 761 b 4°x, DG 11, GKS 2367 4°, Traj 1374x

mss from the text and poem locations table:

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