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Ormr Steinþórsson (Ormr)

11th century; volume 3; ed. Russell Poole;

1. Poem about a woman (Woman) - 7

Nothing is known about Ormr Steinþórsson (Ormr). The patronymic indicates that he was probably an Icelander rather than a Norwegian (Ólafur Halldórsson 1969b, 156). Finnur Jónsson (Skj AI, 415) places him in the eleventh century, with a query, but commonalities between his work and certain other poems, noted below, make a floruit in the late twelfth century, perhaps even the turn of the thirteenth, more probable. He appears from the internal evidence of poetic fragments attributed to him to have composed for both male and female patrons; one of the male recipients was evidently blind (see Introduction to Ormr Frag below).

Poem about a woman — Ormr WomanIII

Russell Poole 2017, ‘ Ormr Steinþórsson, Poem about a woman’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 323. <> (accessed 28 October 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6 

for reference only:  1x 

Skj: Ormr Steinþórsson: 1. Af et digt om en kvinde (?) (AI, 415-416, BI, 385); stanzas (if different): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

SkP info: III, 326

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2 — Ormr Woman 2III

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The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page.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

Þvít hols hrynbáls
hramma, þats berk framm,
Billings á burar full
bjarkar hefk lagit mark.  (stýft)

texts: LaufE 131 (379), Skm 209, SnE 211

editions: Skj Ormr Steinþórsson: 1. Af et digt om en kvinde (?) 4 (AI, 416; BI, 385); Skald I, 191; SnE 1848-87, I, 412-13, II, 324, 435, 584, III, 74, SnE 1931, 147, SnE 1998, I, 64; LaufE 1979, I, 379.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 33r, 30 - 33r, 31 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 34v, 26 - 34v, 26 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 76, 20 - 76, 21 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 32r, 9 - 32r, 11 (SnE)  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 10v, 13 - 10v, 14 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 748 II 4° (C) 4v, 19 - 4v, 20 (SnE)  image  image  
GKS 2368 4°x (2368x) 119 - 119 (LaufE)  image  
AM 743 4°x (743x) 90v - 90v (LaufE)  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 264v, 2 - 264v, 5  image  
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