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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;

III. Fragments (Frag) - 4

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)

Fragments — ÞSjár FragIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Fragments’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 476.

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Skj: Þórðr Særeksson: 4. Lausavísur og ubestemmelige brudstykker (AI, 329-330, BI, 303-304)

SkP info: III, 480

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

4 — ÞSjár Frag 4III

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance

 

Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Fragments 4’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 480.

Svát ór fitjar fjǫtri
flóðs ásynja, blóði
— raust bifask rǫmm — en systra,
rýtr, eymylvir spýtir.

Svát {ásynja flóðs} rýtr ór {fjǫtri fitjar}, en {eymylvir} spýtir {blóði systra}; rǫmm raust bifask.

So that {the goddess of the sea} [= Rán] wails from {the fetter of the meadow} [SEA], and {the island-grinder} [MAELSTROM] spits out {the sisters’ blood} [WATER]; the strong voice trembles.

texts: LaufE, LaufE, Skm 59, SnE 61

editions: Skj Þórðr Særeksson: 4. Lausavísur og ubestemmelige brudstykker 4 (AI, 330; BI, 304); Skald I, 154, NN §1132; CPB II, 55, Bugge 1886, 335-8.

sources

AM 742 4°x (742x) 23r - 23r (LaufE)  image  image  
GKS 2367 4° (R) 22r, 26 - 22r, 27 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Lbs 1116 4°x (1116x) 421a - 421a (LaufE)  
Traj 1374x (Tx) - (SnE)  
AM 242 fol (W) 48, 4 - 48, 5 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Thott 1496 4°x (1496x) 52r - 52r (LaufE)  image  image  
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