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Skúli Þorsteinsson (Skúli)

11th century; volume 3; ed. Kate Heslop;

2. Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skúli Þorsteinsson (Skúli; c. 970-1040; LH I, 556) was a grandson of Egill Skallagrímsson (Eg ch. 79, ÍF 2, 276); his wife was Bera Ormsdóttir, niece of Þorvaldr víðfǫrli ‘the Wide-travelled’ (Kristni ch. 2, Hb 1892-6, 127). Skúli is listed as a skald of Eiríkr jarl Hákonarson in the Kringla version of Skáldatal but as a skald of Sveinn jarl Hákonarson in the U version (SnE 1848-87, III, 257, 266, 281). A valued member of Eiríkr’s retinue (hirð; Gunnl ch. 6, ÍF 3, 68), he was a forecastle-man (stafnbúi) on the jarl’s ship Járnbarðinn during the battle of Svolder (Svǫlðr, c. 1000; ÓTOdd 1932, 218; cf. Eg ch. 87, ÍF 2, 300). The authors of ÓT and ÓTOdd consider him a key eyewitness of the battle, about which he is said to have composed a flokkr (ÓTOdd 1932, 210). The battle stanzas by him which are preserved in the kings’ sagas and SnE may reasonably be assigned to this poem, but there is no trace of the additional encomiastic poems hypothesised by earlier scholars (SnE 1848-87, III, 719; LH I, 556). A single helmingr with mythological subject-matter, also preserved in SnE, is presumably from a different, lost poem. Skúli inherited the family farm at Borg (Eg ch. 87, ÍF 2, 300) and appears in later life as a generous and popular patron of young Icelanders (BjH chs 1-3, 7, ÍF 3, 111-19, 129).

Lausavísa — Skúli LvIII

Kate Heslop 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Skúli 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. 366.

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Skúli Þórsteinsson: 2. Lausavísa (AI, 306, BI, 284); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: III, 367

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The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page.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

Glens beðja veðr gyðju
goðblíð í vé, síðan
ljós kømr gótt, með geislum,
gránserks ofan Mána.

texts: LaufE 149 (386), Skm 136, SnE 138

editions: Skj Skúli Þórsteinsson: 2. Lausavísa (AI, 306; BI, 284); Skald I, 145, NN §771; SnE 1848-87, I, 330-1, II, 317, 530, III, 54, SnE 1931, 118, SnE 1998, I, 39.

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GKS 2367 4° (R) 26v, 23 - 26v, 24 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 27v, 13 - 27v, 13 (SnE)  transcr.  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 57, 27 - 57, 28 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 30r, 7 - 30r, 8 (SnE)  transcr.  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 5r, 44 - 5r, 44 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  image  
AM 744 4°x (744x) 32v - 32v (SnE)  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 341r, 2 - 341r, 5  transcr.  image  
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