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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. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1336> (accessed 18 September 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, 327

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3 — Ormr Woman 3III

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Cite as: Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Ormr Steinþórsson, Poem about a woman 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 327.

Hrosta drýgir hvern kost
hanglúðrs gæi-Þrúðr,
en drafnar loga Lofn
lǫstu rækir vinfǫst.

 

{The watching Þrúðr {of the hanging vessel of mash}} [CAULDRON > WOMAN] possesses every excellence, and {the Lofn {of the fire of the wave}}, [GOLD > WOMAN] loyal to her friends, rejects vices.

context: In Skm (SnE) the stanza is used to illustrate the use of drǫfn as a heiti for ‘wave’. In R attribution was initially made to Kormákr but then altered to Ormr.

texts: Skm 364, SnE 366

editions: Skj Ormr Steinþórsson: 1. Af et digt om en kvinde (?) 5 (AI, 416; BI, 385); Skald I, 191, NN §899; SnE 1848-87, I, 502-3, II, 452, 535, 601, III, 104-5, SnE 1931, 176, SnE 1998, I, 95.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 38v, 9 - 38v, 11 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 40r, 19 - 40r, 19 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 124 - 124 (SnE)  image  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 13v, 6 - 13v, 7 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 6r, 9 - 6r, 10 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
AM 744 4°x (744x) 36r - 36r (SnE)  image  
AM 748 II 4° (C) 7v, 23 - 7v, 25 (SnE)  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 264v, 8 - 264v, 11  image  
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