Ormr Steinþórsson (Ormr)
11th century; volume 3; ed. Russell Poole;
1. Poem about a woman (Woman) - 7
2. Fragments (Frag) - 2
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).
Russell Poole 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Ormr Steinþórsson, Fragments’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 332.
Skj: Ormr Steinþórsson: 2. Af et ubestemmeligt digt (AI, 416, BI, 386)
SkP info: III, 333
2 — Ormr Frag 2III
Cite as: Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Ormr Steinþórsson, Fragments 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 333.
context: In ms. U, the helmingr is added to the selection of stanzas in Skm (SnE) to exemplify heiti for ‘poetry’ further, in the immediate context of nouns that primarily denote ‘praise’ or ‘renown’.
notes: It has been suggested that this helmingr comes from the final stanza of a poem (SnE 1998), but in view of the pres. tense of telk ‘I deliver’ a position in the upphaf ‘proemium’ or the main body of the poem seems more likely.
editions: Skj Ormr Steinþórsson: 2. Af et ubestemmeligt digt 2 (AI, 416; BI, 386); Skald I, 191, NN §900; SnE 1848-87, I, 468-9, II, 340, III, 96, SnE 1931, 165 n., SnE 1998, I, 207.