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Sturla Þórðarson (Sturl)

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

1. Hrynhenda (Hryn) - 21

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.

Hrynhenda — Sturl HrynII

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir 2009, ‘ Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda’ 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. 676-98. <> (accessed 6 December 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21 

Skj: Sturla Þórðarson: 3. Hrynhenda, 1262 (AII, 102-8, BII, 113-18); stanzas (if different): 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 22

SkP info: II, 686-7

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10 — Sturl Hryn 10II

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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.

 F Hæstan kyn | do hirðmenn trꜹstir heítan elld i dana velldí skæriligr geck hv | sum hæri hallar gandr a sviþno landi · víþa for vm bukars bu | þír birki sótt eɴ hræddar drottir · bragnar margir bali slegnir bruɴit | land til skogar ruɴo·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 E Hǽstum kenddu hirð menn traustir heitan elld ad | ana uelldi skǽriligr gek husum hǽra hallar gandr a suiðnu landi uiða for um bú | karls buðir birki sott en brendar þioðir braddar æyddu bali slegnu brunnit land til | skogar runnnu.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 81a Hæstum kyndu hirdmenn | traustir heitan elldi adana velldí skædiligur geck husum | hærra hallar gandr a suidnu landi vida for vm | bukallz budir birki sott en brendar drottír · | bragnar eyddu bali sleggnu brunnit land til skogar | runnu.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 8 [...] velldi . skíærilígr geck husum hærri hallar gandr a suíðnu landi viða for vm bukarls buðu . bírki | sott enn hræddnar drottir . bragnar eyddu bali slegnu . brunnít land til skogar runnu.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 304x Hæstvm kyndu hirdmenn hraustir  heı̈tann elld ȷ̈ dana | velldi  skiærilegur giekk hűsum hærri  hallar-gandur a̋ svidnu landi  | vijda főr vm bükarls bűdir  breki sőtt  enn hræddnar drőttir  brag | nar eyddu ba̋li slegnu  brunnid land til skögar-Runnv    edit 
 Flat Hæstan | kyndu hírdmenn traustir heitann elld i dana velldí skęriligr geck hussum hær | rí hallar gandr ꜳ suídnu landi vída forr vm bukarls budir bírki sott enn bren | dar drottir bragnar eyddu bꜳli slegnu brunnít land til skogar runnu.   [VEÞ]  edit 

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