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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar (Stúfr)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Stúfsdrápa (Stúfdr) - 8

Skj info: Stúfr enn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 404-5, BI, 373-4).

Skj poems:
Stúfsdrápa, Stúfa

Stúfr inn blindi ‘the Blind’ Þórðarson kattar ‘of the Cat’ came from an illustrious family of Icel. poets. He was the great-grandson of the skald Glúmr Geirason (GlúmrI) and the grandson of Guðrún Ósvífrsdóttir (see Laxdœla saga, ÍF 5, 87, 94, 281-90). He was also related to Einarr skálaglamm ‘Tinkle-scales’ (EskálI), Úlfr stallari ‘the Marshal’ Óspaksson (Úlfr) and Steinn Herdísarson (Steinn) (See Genealogy IV, ÍF 5). What we know about his life is detailed in two versions of Stúfs þáttr, which has been transmitted in a longer and a shorter version (see ÍF 5, xcii-xciv, 279-90). Stúfr was born c. 1025 and, as his nickname indicates, he must have been blind or had extremely poor vision (it could be, however, that his eyesight failed him in old age, contributing to his nickname; see ÍF 5, xciii). Around 1060 he travelled to Norway to claim an inheritance, and while he was there he met King Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson. The following summer Stúfr visited the king in Trondheim, became his retainer and recited a poem which he had composed in Haraldr’s honour. He then apparently returned to Iceland, and nothing more is known about him (see also SnE 1848-87, III, 593-5; LH 1894-1901, I, 633-4). Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275) lists him among the court poets of Haraldr harðráði.

Stúfsdrápa — Stúfr StúfdrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa’ 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. 350-8. <> (accessed 6 July 2022)

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Skj: Stúfr enn blindi Þórðarson kattar: Stúfsdrápa, Stúfa, o. 1067 (AI, 404-5, BI, 373-4)

SkP info: II, 353-4

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3 — Stúfr Stúfdr 3II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa 3’ 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. 353-4.

Stóðu rôð af reiði
(rann þat svikamǫnnum)
Egða grams á ýmsum
(orð) Jórðánar borðum.
Enn fyr afgerð sanna
— illa gat frá stilli —
þjóð fekk vísan váða.
Vist of aldr með Kristi.

Rôð {grams Egða} stóðu af reiði á ýmsum borðum Jórðánar; þat orð rann svikamǫnnum. Enn þjóð fekk vísan váða fyr sanna afgerð; gat illa frá stilli. …Vist of aldr með Kristi….

The powers {of the prince of the Egðir} [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr] prevailed in wrath on both banks of the River Jordan; that news put an end to the traitors. And people got inevitable punishment for proven crimes; they were in dire straits because of the ruler. …Residence forever with Christ….

texts: Fsk 187, H-Hr 94, HSig 10 (III 85), Mork 3, Hkr 464 (III 85)

editions: Skj Stúfr enn blindi Þórðarson kattar: Stúfsdrápa, Stúfa 3 (AI, 404; BI, 373-4); Skald I, 186; Mork 1867, 11-12, Mork 1928-32, 78-9, Andersson and Gade 2000, 144, 472 (MH); Fms 6, 162 (HSig ch. 11); ÍF 29, 234 (ch. 51); ÍF 28, 84 (HSig ch. 12), F 1871, 200, E 1916, 41.


GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 2v, 28 - 2v, 28 (Mork)  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 20ra, 3 - 20ra, 3 (H-Hr)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 63r - 63r (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 237, 12 - 237, 15 [1-4] (Fsk)  image  
AM 63 folx (Kx) 529r, 7 - 529r, 14 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 20va, 3 - 20va, 3 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 43rb, 34 - 43rb, 36 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 12r, 23 - 12r, 24 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 261v, 32 - 262r, 6 (Hkr)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 57r, 9 - 57r, 16 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 87v, 9 - 87v, 11 [1-4] (Fsk)  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 364v, 2 - 364v, 9  image  
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