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Klœingr Þorsteinsson (Klœ)

12th century; volume 3; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Klœingr Þorsteinsson (Klœ) was bishop of Skálholt in Iceland (1152-76; for his life, see Hungrvaka chs 9-11, Byskupa sögur 1953, I, 24-31). He hailed from northern Iceland, and was the son of Þorsteinn and Halldóra Eyjólfsdóttir. He is described as ‘the greatest poet’ (ít mesta skáld) and very learned, and he succeeded Magnús Einarsson to the see of Skálholt in 1151. The same summer Klœingr went to Lund, where he was consecrated bishop by Archbishop Áskell, and he sailed back to Iceland in 1152. Upon his return, he erected the church at Skálholt which is commemorated in RKet LvIV. Klœingr died after a long illness on 27 February 1176, and he was buried at Skálholt. Only the helmingr edited below survives of his poetry.

Lausavísa — Klœ LvIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Klœingr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 268.

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Klœingr Þórsteinsson: Lausavísa, o. 1152? (AI, 534, BI, 515); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: III, 268

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1 — Klœ Lv 1III

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The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page.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

Baðk sveit á glað Geitis,
gǫr's íð at fǫr, tíðum
drǫgum hest á lǫg lesta,
lið flýtr, en skrið nýtum.

texts: Ht 47, SnE 639

editions: Skj Klœingr Þórsteinsson: Lausavísa (AI, 534; BI, 515); Skald I, 252, NN §§806, 991; SnE 1848-87, I, 656-7, II, 391, III, 122, SnE 1879-81, II, 18, SnE 1931, 234, SnE 2007, 21.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 49r, 31 - 49r, 33 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 51v, 9 - 51v, 9 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 145, 18 - 145, 19 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 53v, 28 - 54r, 1 (SnE)  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 222r, 2 - 222r, 5  image  
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