Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson (SteigÞ)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Kviðlingr (Kv) - 1

Skj info: Steigar-Þórir, Norsk höfding, d. 1094. (AI, 434, BI, 403).

Skj poems:
En kvædling

Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson (Þórir of Steig; SteigÞ) was a powerful Norw. district chieftain who had been a retainer of Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson. He was the foster-father of King Hákon Magnússon, the cousin of King Magnús berfœttr Óláfsson. Upon Hákon’s death in 1094, Þórir joined an uprising against Magnús and tried to install a Dan. pretender, Sveinn Haraldsson, on the Norw. throne. He was captured by Magnús in 1094 and subsequently hanged. See Genealogy IV in ÍF 28.

Kviðlingr (‘Little verse’) — SteigÞ KvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson, Kviðlingr’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 391-2.

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Skj: Steigar-Þórir: En kvædling (AI, 434, BI, 403); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: II, 391-2

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1 — SteigÞ Kv 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson, Kviðlingr 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 391-2.

Vǫrum félagar fjórir
forðum, einn við stýri.

 

Formerly we were four companions, one at the helm.

context: This ditty is spoken by Steigar-Þórir right before he is hanged by Magnús for treason.

notes: For the event described in this couplet, see also Bkrepp Magndr 2-3, Þham Magndr 1 and Lv 1, Gísl Magnkv 1-8 and Anon (Mberf) 2-3.

texts: Ágr 6, Fsk 254, H-Hr 253, Mberf 5 (III 174), Mork 126, Hkr 553 (III 174)

editions: Skj Steigar-Þórir: En kvædling (AI, 434; BI, 403); Skald I, 198; ÍF 28, 216 (Mberf ch. 6), F 1871, 264, E 1916, 112; ÍF 29, 44 (ch. 47), Ágr 1995, 66-7 (ch. 48); ÍF 29, 305 (ch. 80); Mork 1867, 135, Mork 1928-32, 304, Andersson and Gade 2000, 290, 484 (Mberf); Fms 7, 12 (Mberf ch. 7).

sources

AM 63 folx (Kx) 595v, 20 - 595v, 21 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 34ra, 15 - 34ra, 15 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 57rb, 14 - 57rb, 14 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 32r, 4 - 32r, 5 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 307r, 3 - 307r, 4 (Hkr)  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 8r - 8r (Hkr)  image  
AM 325 II 4° (Ágr) 20rb, 14 - 20rb, 16 (Ágr)  image  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 84r - 84r (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 332, 15 - 332, 16 (Fsk)  image  
GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 21v, 46 - 21v, 46 (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 82v, 25 - 82v, 25 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 58ra, 22 - 58ra, 22 (H-Hr)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 74r, 32 - 74r, 33 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 123r, 8 - 123r, 9 (Fsk)  
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