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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Skáldhelgi Þórðarson (ShÞ)

11th century; volume 3; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Fragment (Frag) - 1

Skj info: Skáld-Helgi Þórðarson, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 308, BI, 286).

Skj poems:
Et ubestemmeligt brudstykke

Skáldhelgi ‘Poet-Helgi’ Þórðarson (ShÞ) was an Icelander who must have lived at the beginning of the eleventh century. According to Landnámabók (ÍF 1, 86, 212-13), he was the great-grandson of the settler Ásgeirr, who came to western Iceland with Hrómundr of Gilsbakki and settled at Hamarr near Helgavatn. Skáldhelgi was married to Þordís, great-granddaughter of the famous chieftain Miðfjarðar-Skeggi. His life is commemorated in seven rímur (see LH 1894-1901, I, 504; Jón Þorkelsson 1888, 134-6), which were most likely based on a now lost saga about him. The rímur focus on his love affairs, travels and final days in Greenland, where he is said to have been the last lawspeaker (LH 1894-1901, I, 504). All that remains of Skáldhelgi’s poetry is the couplet edited here, as well as three stanzas addressed to a sorceress (ShÞ Sorceress 1-3V) preserved in ms. BLAdd 11242ˣ. These may have been contained in the no longer extant saga (see Jón Helgason 1976), and they are therefore published in SkP V.

Fragment — ShÞ FragIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘ Skáldhelgi Þórðarson, 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. 351. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1348> (accessed 28 November 2021)

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Skj: Skáld-Helgi Þórðarson: Et ubestemmeligt brudstykke (AI, 308, BI, 286); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: III, 351

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1 — ShÞ Frag 1III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Skáldhelgi Þórðarson, Fragment 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 351.

Megut jarna fet fyrnask;
friðarskepjandi miðjum.

{Fet jarna} megut fyrnask; friðarskepjandi miðjum.

{The steps of iron-weapons} [WOUNDS] cannot be forgotten; peacemaker … the middle.

texts: LaufE 96 (303n)

editions: Skj Skáld-Helgi Þórðarson: Et ubestemmeligt brudstykke (AI, 308; BI, 286); Skald I, 146, NN §§1124A, 2338B.

sources

AM 742 4°x (742x) 24v - 24v (SnE)  image  image  
Thott 1496 4°x (1496x) 53r - 53r (LaufE)  image  image  
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