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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturla Þórðarson (Sturl)

13th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

4. Hákonarflokkr (Hákfl) - 11

Skj info: Sturla Þórðarson, Islandsk skjald og historiker, 1214-84 (AII, 101-29, BII, 112-36).

Skj poems:
1. Þverárvísur
2. Þorgilsdrápa
3. Hrynhenda
4. Hákonarkviða
5. Hrafnsmál
6. Hákonarflokkr
7. En drape om Magnús lagaböter
8. Lausavísur

The life of Sturla Þórðarson (Sturl) is chronicled in Sturlunga saga (Stu). He was born on 29 July 1214 as the second son of Þórðr Sturluson and his concubine Þóra, and he was the younger brother of Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson (Ólhv). In his early years he spent much time with his uncle, the poet, historian and lawspeaker Snorri Sturluson (SnSt, d. 1241), and later he took an active part in the events that played out before and after the collapse of the Icel. Commonwealth. Sturla was lawspeaker in Iceland 1251-2 and lawman, appointed by the Norw. king, 1272-82. In 1263 he went to Norway where he met King Magnús lagabœtir ‘Law-mender’ Hákonarson (d. 1280). After an initially very cool reception, the king commissioned him to write the saga of Magnús’s father Hákon Hákonarson (d. 1264) and also that of Magnús himself. Sturla later became the retainer (hirðmaðr, skutilsveinn) of Magnús and brought the law code Járnsíða ‘Ironside’ from Norway to Iceland in 1271. The story of Sturla’s journey to Norway in 1263 and his dealings with Magnús is recounted in Sturlu þáttr (StÞ), preserved in a version of Stu. In addition to the sagas of Hákon Hákonarson (Hák) and the no longer extant saga of his son Magnús lagabœtir (only two leaves are preserved in AM 325 X 4°), Sturla is the author of Íslendinga saga (Ísls) and of a redaction of Landnámabók (Ldn, in AM 107 folˣ = Stˣ). Some scholars believe that he may have been responsible for the extant redaction of Kristni saga (Kristni) (see LH 1894-1901, II, 98-105, 717-43), and he is also mentioned as an informant by the author of Grettis saga Ásmundarsonar (Gr; see ÍF 7, 157, 226, 289). Like his uncle, Snorri, and his brother, Óláfr, Sturla was a prolific poet. According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 256, 260, 272, 279, 384-96), he composed poems in honour of the Norw. kings Hákon Hákonarson and Magnús lagabœtir Hákonarson, and also about the Swed. jarl Birgir Magnússon (d. 1266). Nothing is preserved of Sturla’s panegyrics to the latter, but two sts from his poetry to Magnús are recorded in Hák (see Magnússdrápa (Sturl Magndr) below). The bulk of Sturla’s poetic oeuvre about Hákon Hákonarson is interspersed with the prose in Hák: Hrynhenda (Sturl Hryn), Hákonarkviða (Sturl Hákkv), Hrafnsmál (Sturl Hrafn) and Hákonarflokkr (Sturl Hákfl). In addition to these encomia, Sturla composed poetry about events and dignitaries in Iceland: namely Þverárvísur (Sturl ÞvervIV) and Þorgilsdrápa (Sturl ÞorgdrIV), both of which have been edited in SkP IV. That is also the case with his lvv. (Sturl Lv 1-4IV). One fragment which earlier eds assigned to Hryn (earlier st. 22) has been edited in SkP III as Sturl FragIII. Sturla died on 30 July 1284 and was buried in the Church of S. Peter at Staðarhóll.

Hákonarflokkr — Sturl HákflII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarflokkr’ 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. 745-55. <> (accessed 22 January 2022)

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Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 6. Hákonarflokkr, 1263-64 (AII, 124-7, BII, 132-4)

SkP info: II, 751-2

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7 — Sturl Hákfl 7II

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Note: The following transcriptions have been entered to aid the editing process. These may not have been fully reviewed and checked and may therefore not be reliable. You may wish to consult the manuscript images. Any corrections can be notified to the database editor.

 E Vitr lét uirki briota valldr noʀænnar all | dar austr þar ær iofrar treystuz ognfusir lioð husa þat ueit ek at gallt gáutum gauf | ugr odduití i⸌o⸍fra þioð fekc rǽsis reiði ran gekc slikt at vanum.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 55 A Uitr let virki bríota valldr noʀænnnar a | lldar austr þar ær iofrar treystyzc ogn fusir lioð húsa | þat veit ek at gallt gaútum gꜹfugr odduiti iofra þioð | fek ræsis ręisi ran gek slikt at vánum   [VEÞ]  edit 
 F Vítr let virki bríota | valldr norræɴar alldar ꜹstr þar er iofrar treystuz ogn fúsir lioð | hvsa · þat veít ek at gallt gꜹtum gꜹfvgr oddviti iofra · þioð fékk | ræsís reiþi rán geck slikt at vánum· |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 42x Vitr let virki briota | valldr noʀænnar alldar | ꜹstr þar er jofrar treystuz | hꜹgfusir lioðhusa. | þat veit ec at gallt gꜹtum | gofugr oddviti jofra | þioð feck ręsirs reiði | ran geck slikt at vonum. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 81a Witur let virkí bríota . valldr norænar alldar · austur | þa er ofar treystuz . ogn fusir líod husa . þat ek gallt | gautum . gofugur od uíte Jofra . þiod feck ʀæsis ʀ | eíde . ʀan geck slikt at vanum |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 8 Vítr let uirkí bríota . valldr norręnndar alldar . Austr þar er Jo᷎frar treystuz | ogn fvsir lioð husa þat ueít ek at gíalld g⸌ꜹ⸍tvm gaufvgr oddvití io᷎fra þíoð fek | ręsis reiðí ran geck slikt at uanum |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 325X Uítr liet virki bríota valldr norrœnnar | alldar . austr þa er io᷎frar trœystuz ógnfusir | liod húsa  þat vœít ek at gallt gautum | go᷎fugr odduití io᷎fra . þioð feck ʀœsis | ʀœiðí ʀꜳn geck slikt at vánum. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat vítr let vírki briota valldur | norænna allda . austr þar er iofrar treystuz ogn fusir liodhusum . þat veít ek at gallt gautum | gofugr odduíti íofra þiod feck ræsiss reidi rꜳn geck slikt at vꜳnum   [VEÞ]  edit 

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