Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson) (ÞSjár)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

2. Flokkr about Klœingr Brúsason (Klœingr) - 1

Skj info: Þórðr Særeksson, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 327-30, BI, 302-4).

Skj poems:
1. Et digt om Klœingr Brúsason
2. Þórolfs drápa Skolmssonar
3. Róðudrápa
4. Lausavísur og ubestemmelige brudstykker

Very little is known about Þórðr Særeksson (or, in a later form, Sjáreksson) (ÞSjár). Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 257, 274, 281) lists him among the poets of Eiríkr jarl Hákonarson (r. c. 1000-c. 1014) and King Óláfr Haraldsson (S. Óláfr, d. 1030). According to ÓT (1958-2000, II, 322-3) Þórðr went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land during the reign of Óláfr Haraldsson, and, arriving in Syria, met Óláfr Tryggvason, who is said to have escaped from the battle of Svǫlðr (c. 1000). Óláfr greeted Þórðr warmly and sent his regards to Þórðr’s kinsman-in-law (mágr), the famous Icelander Hjalti Skeggjason. In some mss Þórðr is referred to as Svartsson or svartaskáld, probably from a misreading of his patronymic (see LH I, 603-5 and Introduction to ðudrápa (Róðdr) below). In addition to the poems edited here (Þórálfs drápa Skólmssonar (Þórdr), Flokkr about Klœingr Brúsason (Klœingr) and Róðdr), three fragments of Þórðr’s poetry are preserved in SnE and one in LaufE (ÞSjár Frag 1-4III); these fragments are edited in SkP III. Þórðr’s oeuvre presents difficulties in that the people and events commemorated there span some sixty-five years, from c. 961 (Þórdr) to c. 1026 (Róðdr), so that it must be assumed either that he was exceptionally long-lived or that Þórdr was composed after a lapse of several years or decades; see further Introduction to that poem.

notes
LP: ÞSjár(Sær)

Flokkr about Klœingr Brúsason — ÞSjár KlœingrI

Kari Ellen Gade 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Flokkr about Klœingr Brúsason’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 241.

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Skj: Þórðr Særeksson: 1. Et digt om Klœingr Brúsason (AI, 327, BI, 302); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: I, 241

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1 — ÞSjár Klœingr 1I

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Flokkr about Klœingr Brúsason 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 241.

Brunnu allvalds inni
— eldr, hykk, at sal felldi —
— eimr skaut á her hrími —
halfgǫr við Nið sjalfa.

Halfgǫr inni allvalds brunnu við Nið sjalfa; hykk, at eldr felldi sal; eimr skaut hrími á her.

The half-finished houses of the mighty ruler burned near Nidelven itself; I believe that fire felled the hall; flame shot soot at the army.

texts: Flat 451, Fsk 135, ÓH 42 (40), ÓHHkr 37 (II 37), Skm 379, Hkr 238 (II 37), SnE 381

editions: Skj Þórðr Særeksson: 1. Et digt om Klœingr Brúsason (AI, 327; BI, 302); Skald I, 153; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 65, ÍF 27, 57 (ÓHHkr ch. 44); ÓH 1941, I, 87 (ch. 38), Flat 1860-8, II, 41; Fsk 1902-3, 149 (ch. 27), ÍF 29, 173 (ch. 29); SnE 1848-87, I, 508-9, II, 355, 454, 537, 602, SnE 1931, 178, SnE 1998, I, 98.

sources

AM 36 folx (Kx) 248v, 18 - 248v, 21 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  
AM 37 folx (J1x) 156v, 4 - 156v, 6 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 133r, 21 - 133r, 24 (Hkr)  image  
Holm perg 2 4° (Holm2) 12r, 13 - 12r, 14 (ÓH)  image  
UppsUB R 686x (R686x) 24r, 1 - 24r, 2 (ÓH)  image  image  
Thott 972 folx (972x) 81va, 13 - 81va, 16 (ÓH)  image  image  
Thott 972 folx (972x) 81vb - 81vb (ÓH)  image  image  
AM 325 VI 4° (325VI) 10rb, 33 - 10rb, 35 (ÓH)  image  
AM 321 4°x (321x) 51, 11 - 51, 12 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  
AM 73 a folx (73ax) 33v, 1 - 33v, 1 (ÓH)  image  
AM 78 a folx (78ax) 30v, 18 - 30v, 21 (ÓH)  image  
AM 68 fol (68) 11r, 22 - 11r, 22 (ÓH)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 84rb, 9 - 84rb, 10 (ÓH)  image  image  
Holm perg 4 4° (Holm4) 4ra, 20 - 4ra, 22 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 V 4° (325V) 15rb, 25 - 15rb, 27 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 VII 4° (325VII) 4v, 25 - 4v, 26 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 134rb, 16 - 134rb, 16 (ÓH)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 83rb, 9 - 83rb, 11 (ÓH)  image  image  image  
GKS 1008 fol (Tóm) 101v, 22 - 101v, 22 (ÓH)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 42v, 6 - 42v, 9 (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 161, 8 - 161, 11 (Fsk)  image  
GKS 2367 4° (R) 38v, 31 - 38v, 32 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 40v, 6 - 40v, 6 [2-4] (SnE)  image  
DG 11 (U) 40v, 22 - 40v, 24 (SnE)  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 13v, 28 - 13v, 29 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 6r, 26 - 6r, 27 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
AM 744 4°x (744x) 38r, 12 - 38r, 15 (SnE)  image  
AM 748 II 4° (C) 8r, 13 - 8r, 14 (SnE)  image  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 38v, 12 - 38v, 15 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 59r, 21 - 59r, 23 (Fsk)  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 95v, 11 - 95v, 14 (Skáldatal)  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 456r - 456r  image  
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