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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;

1. Hrynhenda (Hryn) - 21

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.

Hrynhenda — Sturl HrynII

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir 2009, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

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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, 692-3

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15 — Sturl Hryn 15II

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 F Digla elldr var seɴ i segli svíptí || lundr a dyrðar skriptom risa toko roðnir hꜹsár rínar lógs yfir dreka | þínom · uɴar þottv eísur breɴa vllar fars af slegno gvllí fasti | rꜹ́þ yfir flóta glæstom flesta rond a skeiða brondom·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 E Digla elldr | var senn isegli suipti lundr adyrðar skiptum tisar toko roðnir haúsar rinar logs yfir | dreka þinum unnar þottu eisur brenna ullar fars af slegnu gulli fasti rauð ifír | flota glæstum flesta raund a skeiða braundum·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 81a Digla elldr uar sen j seglí suíptí lun | dr adyrdar skriptum . ʀisa toku rodnir havsar ʀínar logs a dreka þínvm vnnar | þottu eisur brena ullar fars af slegnu gullí / || fasti raud med floti glæstum flesta rond a skeidar bron ⸝⸝ dum |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 304x Digla elldur vaʀ sien | ı̈ seglum  svipti lundur a̋ dýrdar-skriptum  Rijsa tóku Rodnir | hausar  Rijn loks yfir dreka þijnum  unnar þőttu eýsur bre | nna  ullar-fars  af slegnu gulli  fastur Raud yfir flota | glæstum  flesta Rǫnd a̋ skeydar brǫndvm  |   edit 
 8 Digla elldr uar senn j segle · suípte lundur ꜳ dyrdar skriptum · risa toku rodner hausar · rínar | loks yfer dreka þinum · unnar þottv eísur brenna · ullar fars af slegnu gullí · fasti raud | yfer flota glæstum · flesta raund ꜳ skeidar brondum |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 325X Digla elldr var síenn i seghlí | suipti lundr ꜳ dyrdar skríptum . ʀísa | tóku ʀodnir hausar ʀínar logs yfir dreka | þínum  vnnar þottu œisur brenna . vllar fars | af slegnu gullí  fastí ʀaud af flota glœstum | flesta ʀo᷎nd af skœída bro᷎ndum.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Dígla elldr var sénn i seglí suípti lundr a dyrdar skriptum risa toku rodnir hausar rínar | logs yfir drekanum þínum . vnnar þotti eisur brenna vllar fars af slegnu gullí fasti rau | d yfir flota glæstum flesta raund ꜳ skeidar brondum.   [VEÞ]  edit 

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