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Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson) (ÞSjár)

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

1. Þórálfs drápa Skólmssonar (Þórdr) - 4

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.

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LP: ÞSjár(Sær)

Þórálfs drápa Skólmssonar — ÞSjár ÞórdrI

Kari Ellen Gade 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Þórálfs drápa Skólmssonar’ 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. 236.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4 

Skj: Þórðr Særeksson: 2. Þórolfs drápa Skolmssonar (AI, 328-9, BI, 302-3); stanzas (if different): 2 | 3 | 4

SkP info: I, 238

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2 — ÞSjár Þórdr 2I

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The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Varði varga myrði
vítt (svá skal frið slíta)
jǫfur vildu þann eldask,
ǫndvert folk, at lǫndum;
starf hófsk upp, þás arfi,
ótta valdi (á flótta)
golls (en gramr vas fallinn),
Gunnhildar kom sunnan.

texts: Flat 201 (19), Fsk 51, HákGóð 24 (I 83), ÓT 19, Hkr 93 (I 83)

editions: Skj Þórðr Særeksson: 2. Þórolfs drápa Skolmssonar 3 (AI, 328; BI, 302-3);

Skald I, 154, NN §2519; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 217, ÍF 26, 191 (HákGóð ch. 31), F 1871, 83; ÓT 1958-2000, I, 45 (ch. 28), Flat 1860-8, I, 61; Fsk 1902-3, 45 (ch. 12), ÍF 29, 92 (ch. 13).

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AM 35 folx (Kx) 104v, 4 - 104v, 11 (Hkr)  image  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 18rb, 28 - 18rb, 31 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 37 folx (J1x) 63r, 8 - 63r, 11 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 59r - 59v (Hkr)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 6rb, 5 - 6rb, 8 (ÓT)  image  image  
AM 325 IX 1 a 4° (325IX 1 a) 2vb, 28 - 2vb, 31 (ÓT)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 8ra, 34 - 8ra, 34 (ÓT)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 8rb, 43 - 8rb, 45 (ÓT)  image  image  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 11v - 11v (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 54, 23 - 55, 7 (Fsk)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 10r, 17 - 10r, 24 (Fsk)  image  
AM 52 folx (52x) 21v, 21 - 21v, 28 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 19v, 10 - 19v, 14 (Fsk)  
AM 302 4°x (302x) 16r, 8 - 16r, 15 (Fsk)  
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