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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, ‘ 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 27 January 2022)

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

SkP info: II, 357-8

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8 — Stúfr Stúfdr 8II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa 8’ 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. 357-8.

Gekk sem vind, sás vættki,
varðandi, fjǫr sparði,
geira regns í gǫgnum
glaðr orrostu þaðra.
Gramr flýðit sá síðan
— sœm eru þess of dœmi
éls und erkistóli —
eld né jarn it fellda.

{Varðandi {regns geira}}, sás vættki sparði fjǫr, gekk þaðra glaðr í gǫgnum orrostu sem vind. Síðan flýðit sá gramr eld né it fellda jarn; eru sœm of dœmi þess und {erkistóli éls}.

{The warden {of spears’ rain}} [BATTLE > WARRIOR], who not at all heeded his life, went there, exultant, through battle like the wind. Later that prince fled neither fire nor the pure iron; there are fitting proofs of that under {the archiepiscopal seat of the storm} [HEAVEN].

texts: Flat 1095, Fsk 240, H-Hr 217, MH 126, Mork 94

editions: Skj Stúfr enn blindi Þórðarson kattar: Stúfsdrápa, Stúfa 8 (AI, 405; BI, 374); Skald I, 186, NN §§806, 2040; Mork 1867, 118, Mork 1928-32, 277, Andersson and Gade 2000, 271-2, 481 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 395 (MH); Fms 6, 419 (HSig ch. 119); ÍF 29, 286 (ch. 69).


GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 19v, 7 - 19v, 7 (Mork)  image  image  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 204ra, 51 - 204ra, 51 (Flat)  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 76r, 10 - 76r, 10 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 54ra, 18 - 54ra, 18 (H-Hr)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 306, 13 - 306, 20 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 113r, 20 - 113r, 24 (Fsk)  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 366v, 13 - 366v, 20  image  
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