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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.

LP: ÞSjár(Sær)

Þórálfs drápa Skólmssonar — ÞSjár ÞórdrI

Kari Ellen Gade 2012, ‘ 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. <> (accessed 30 June 2022)

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, 239

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3 — ÞSjár Þórdr 3I

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Þórálfs drápa Skólmssonar 3’ 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. 239.

Þrot vas sýnt, þás settusk
sinn róðrs við hlum stinnan
— maðr lét ǫnd ok annarr
ófár — búendr sárir.
Ok hjǫrkrafðir hǫfðu
huggendr Munins tuggu
gauks við gjǫlfrum leikna
grunnu* sand í munni.

Þrot vas sýnt, þás sárir búendr settusk við sinn stinnan hlum róðrs; maðr lét ǫnd ok ófár annarr. Ok {hjǫrkrafðir huggendr {gauks {tuggu Munins}}} hǫfðu sand í munni við grunnu*, leikna gjǫlfrum.

Exhaustion was obvious when wounded farmers seated themselves by their unbending oar-handle; a man gave up his life, and not a few others. And {the sword-claimed comforters {of the cuckoo {of Muninn’s <raven’s> mouthful}}} [CORPSE > EAGLE > WARRIORS] had sand in their mouths by the shallows, swept by the waves.

texts: Fsk 52, HákGóð 25 (I 84a), ÓT 20 [1-4], Hkr 94 (I 84a) [1-4]

editions: Skj Þórðr Særeksson: 2. Þórolfs drápa Skolmssonar 4 (AI, 328-9; BI, 303);

Skald I, 154, NN §1131; Fsk 1902-3, 45-6 (ch. 12), ÍF 29, 92 (ch. 13); Hkr 1893-1901, I, 217, ÍF 26, 191-2 (HákGóð ch. 31), F 1871, 83; ÓT 1958-2000, I, 45 (ch. 28).


OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 11v - 12r (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 55, 8 - 55, 15 (Fsk)  image  
AM 35 folx (Kx) 104v, 12 - 104v, 15 (Hkr)  image  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 18rb, 31 - 18rb, 33 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 37 folx (J1x) 63r, 12 - 63r, 13 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 59v - 59v (Hkr)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 6rb, 8 - 6rb, 10 (ÓT)  image  image  
AM 325 IX 1 a 4° (325IX 1 a) 2vb, 32 - 2vb, 35 [1-4] (ÓT)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 8rb, 2 - 8rb, 2 (ÓT)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 10r, 25 - 10r, 32 (Fsk)  image  
AM 52 folx (52x) 22r, 1 - 22r, 8 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 19v, 14 - 19v, 18 (Fsk)  
AM 302 4°x (302x) 16r, 16 - 16r, 23 (Fsk)  
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