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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, 679

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2 — Sturl Hryn 2II

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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 Austan sendi gulli glæsta gꜹta styrir megín dýrom seíma | þollr m sæmðom ollum sína dottvr arfa þínom · volldvgr | toktv af mestri míll⸌d⸍í malma skerþir svía ferðir alldir dyrka | yðart velldi eírar sámt v brvð for þeirri·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 E Austan sen | di gulli glæsta gauta styrir megin dyrum seima þollr m sæmðum aullum sina | dottur aruá þinum uꜹlldugr tokttu af mestri milldi malma skerþir suia ferþar | allir dyrka yðart uelldi eittár samt við bruðfaur þeiʀi:   [VEÞ]  edit 
 81a A | ustan sende gulli glæsta · gauta styrir meginn dy | rum · seima þollr med sæmdum ollum · sína dottr . | arfa þínum . volldugur tok (af) mestri millde ma | lma skerdír suía ferdar · allír dyrka yd | art vellde eírar samt med brud for þeire |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 304x Austann sendi gulli | glæsta  ɢauta stýriss meigin-dýrum  seima-þǫllur med | sæmdum aullum  sijna dőttur  arfa þijnum  volldugur | tőktu af mestri milldi  ma̋lma skerdir  svija ferd[...] | alldir dýrka ydart velldi  eirar samt vid brűdfǫr þeiri  |   edit 
 8 Austan sendi gulli glæsta gauta styris megín dyrum seíma þo | llr m sæmdom o᷎llum . sína . dottur arfa þínum volldugr toktu af mestri milldí malma skerðirr suia | ferdar . alldir dyrka yðart velldi . eirar samt v bruðfor þeiri.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Austan sendi gulli glęsta gauta styrir megín dyrum seímaþollr | med sæmdum ollum sína dottur arfa þínum . volldugr toktu af mestri milldí mꜳlma skerdír | suía ferdar alldir dyrki yduart velldí eírar samt vid brudfaur þeira.   [VEÞ]  edit 

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