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Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar (Stúfr)

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

Stúfsdrápa (Stúfdr) - 8

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, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 

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

SkP info: II, 356-7

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7 — Stúfr Stúfdr 7II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa 7’ 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. 356-7.

Tíreggjaðr hjó tyggi
tveim hǫndum lið beima;
reifr gekk herr und hlífar
hizig suðr fyr Nizi.

Tíreggjaðr tyggi hjó lið beima tveim hǫndum; reifr herr gekk und hlífar hizig suðr fyr Nizi.

The fame-spurred ruler cut down the troop of warriors with both hands; the cheerful army advanced beneath shields there south of the Nissan.

texts: Skm 400, SnE 402

editions: Skj Stúfr enn blindi Þórðarson kattar: Stúfsdrápa, Stúfa 7 (AI, 405; BI, 374); Skald 186; SnE 1848-87, I, 520-1, II, 342-3, 461, 540, 606, SnE 1931, 182, SnE 1998, I, 102.

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GKS 2367 4° (R) 39v, 13 - 39v, 14 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 41r, 31 - 41r, 31 (SnE)  image  
DG 11 (U) 37r, 19 - 37r, 21 (SnE)  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 15r, 9 - 15r, 10 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 6v, 4 - 6v, 4 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
AM 744 4°x (744x) 41r - 41r (SnE)  image  
AM 748 II 4° (C) 9r, 7 - 9r, 8 (SnE)  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 367r, 2 - 367r, 5  image  
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