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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 26 September 2021)

stanzas:  1 

in texts: Skm, SnE

SkP info: III, 482

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1 Vol. 3. Þorkell hamarskáld (biog. vol. 2), Fragment, 1 [Vol. 3, 482] — Þham Frag 1III

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page.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).

Mér réð senda
of svalan ægi
Vǫlsunga niðr
vápn gollbúit.

Skj: Þórkell hamarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 1 (AI, 439; BI, 409); fornyrðislag; ed. KEG; group: B; mss: 744x, 761bx, A, B, C, R, Tx, U; texts: Skm 412
 
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