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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 17 October 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, 694-5

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17 — Sturl Hryn 17II

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 F Reɴa | þotti vpp a vɴom alla leið af flóta breiðom hilmís frægs þar er | her skip lágo hímna elldr i dana velldí · þengill kom þar | engi iɴan landz sva at dæmi fíɴíz ræsir styrðot rett til iarðar | riki latr m afla slikan·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 E Rennna þotti upp ȧ unnum alla leið af flota breiðum | hilmis þar ær herskip lagu himna elldr i dana uelldi · þengill kom þar eingi annn innan | landz sua at dæmi finniz rǽsir styrðut rettt til iardar ʀiki látr með afla slikan.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 81a Renna þottu vpp a vnnvm alla leid ath flota br | eidum hilmis þar er herskíp lagu hímna elldr j dana velldí þeíngill | kom þar er annar eíngí jnnann landz svo ath dæmi fínízst ʀæsir styrdut ʀett til | jaidar ʀik latur med afla slikann·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 304x Renna þőtti ⸝⸝upp ad | upp ad unnumm  alla leid af flota breidum  hilmis þar | er herskip la̋u  himna-elldur ȷ̈ dana velldi  þeingill kom | þar annar eingi  Jnnann lands  ad dæmi finnist  Ræser stýrd | ud Riett til Jardar  Rijkla̋tur med afla slijkann  edit 
 8 Renna þottí upp ꜳ unnvm alla leid | af flota breídum · hilmís þar er herrskip lagv · himna elldr j dana uelldi · þeingill kom | þar annar einge · innan landz at dæme finnezt · ræser styrdut rett til íardar rikelatur | med afla slikan·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Renna þotti vpp af vnnum alla leid af flotanum breida hil | mis þar sem herskíp lꜳgu hímna elldr i daunsku velldí þeíngill kom þar annar engi | innan landz sva at dami finníz ræsir styrdi rett til iardar riki lꜳtr med afla slikann. |   [VEÞ]  edit 

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