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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson) (ÞSjár)

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

3. Róðudrápa (Róðdr) - 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.

LP: ÞSjár(Sær)

Róðudrápa — ÞSjár RóðdrI

Kari Ellen Gade 2012, ‘ Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Róðudrápa’ 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. 242. <> (accessed 4 July 2022)


Skj: Þórðr Særeksson: 3. Róðudrápa, o. 1031 (AI, 329, BI, 303); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: I, 243

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1 — ÞSjár Róðdr 1I

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Róðudrápa 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. 243.

Átti Egða dróttinn
Ôleifr þrimu stála
við ágætan Jóta
ǫðling, þanns klýfr hringa.
Skaut nær skarpt at móti
Skônunga gramr hônum;
Sveins vasa sonr at reyna
slær; þaut ulfr of hrævi.

Ôleifr, {dróttinn Egða}, átti {þrimu stála} við {ágætan ǫðling Jóta}, þanns klýfr hringa. {Gramr Skônunga} skaut nær skarpt at móti hônum; {sonr Sveins} vasa slær at reyna; ulfr þaut of hrævi.

Óláfr, {lord of the Egðir} [NORWEGIAN KING], had {a clash of swords} [BATTLE] with {the splendid ruler of the Jótar} [DANISH KING = Knútr], who cleaves rings. {The sovereign of the Skônungar} [DANISH KING = Knútr] shot rather sharply against him; {the son of Sveinn} [= Knútr] was not weak to test; the wolf howled over carrion.

texts: Flat 545, Fsk 147, ÓH 107 (104), ÓHHkr 101 (II 101), ÓHLeg 38 [5-8], Hkr 302 (II 101)

editions: Skj Þórðr Særeksson: 3. Róðudrápa (AI, 329; BI, 303);

Skald I, 154; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 366, ÍF 27, 281 (ÓHHkr ch. 150); ÓH 1941, I, 438 (ch. 140), Flat 1860-8, II, 281; ÓHLeg 1922, 61, ÓHLeg 1982, 146-7; Fsk 1902-3, 165 (ch. 27), ÍF 29, 187 (ch. 32).


Lbs fragm 82 (K) 1ra, 18 - 1ra, 22 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 2 4° (Holm2) 52v, 10 - 52v, 12 (ÓH)  image  
Thott 972 folx (972x) 381va, 24 - 381va, 24 (ÓH)  image  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 198r, 2 - 198r, 9 (ÓH)  image  
AM 36 folx (Kx) 411v - 412r, 7 (ÓH)  image  image  image  
AM 321 4°x (321x) 186, 6 - 186, 8 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  
AM 73 a folx (73ax) 161r, 1 - 161r, 1 (ÓH)  image  
AM 68 fol (68) 50r, 27 - 50r, 27 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 4 4° (Holm4) 46vb, 18 - 46vb, 22 (ÓH)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 112rb, 29 - 112rb, 32 (ÓH)  image  image  
AM 75 c fol (75c) 31v, 20 - 31v, 20 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 V 4° (325V) 59ra, 31 - 59rb, 3 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 VII 4° (325VII) 30r, 14 - 30r, 16 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 182ra, 14 - 182ra, 18 (ÓH)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 115rb, 53 - 115rb, 55 (ÓH)  image  image  image  
GKS 1008 fol (Tóm) 138v, 24 - 138v, 24 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 IX 2 4° (325IX 2) 4vb, 31 - 4vb, 34 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 XI 1 4° (325XI 1) 4rb, 8 - 4rb, 8 (ÓH)  image  
DG 8 (DG8) 92v, 14 - 92v, 16 (ÓHLeg)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 173, 22 - 174, 5 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 63v, 25 - 64r, 4 (Fsk)  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 454r - 454r  image  
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