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Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld (Þblǫnd)

12th century; volume 3; ed. Vivian Busch;

1. Sigurðardrápa (Sigdr) - 2

According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 263, 276), Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld (Þblǫnd) was one of the poets of the Norwegian king Sigurðr jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’ Magnússon (r. 1103-30, see ‘Royal Biographies’ in Introduction to SkP II). Only fragments of his poetry are extant: two helmingar from an assumed Sigurðardrápa about Sigurðr jórsalafari (Þblǫnd Sigdr) and another fragment (Þblǫnd Frag) that cannot be assigned to a specific poem. Two stanzas of Þórarinn stuttfeldr’s ‘Short-cloak’ Stuttfeldardrápa (Þstf Stuttdr 2II, 3II) are erroneously attributed to Þorvaldr in Morkinskinna. The nickname blǫnduskáld cannot be explained with certainty. Finnur Jónsson (LH I, 72) thinks it possible that Þorvaldr composed about a man with the nickname blanda (ON blanda is a liquid mixture, usually of whey and water; cf. Finnur Jónsson 1907, 289). That nickname is attested in Sverris saga (Sv ch. 48, ÍF 30, 74), which mentions a Norwegian called Brynjólfr blanda Eindriðason. According to Finnur Jónsson (Skj), Þorvaldr was an Icelander, but his ethnicity cannot be ascertained.

Sigurðardrápa — Þblǫnd SigdrIII

Vivian Busch 2017, ‘ Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld, Sigurðardrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 487. <> (accessed 17 May 2022)

stanzas:  1   2 

Skj: Þórvaldr blǫnduskáld: 1. Sigurðardrápa (AI, 492, BI, 464)

SkP info: III, 488

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

2 — Þblǫnd Sigdr 2III

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Cite as: Vivian Busch (ed.) 2017, ‘Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld, Sigurðardrápa 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 488.

Gollstríðir verpr glóðum
— gefr auð konungr rauðan —
(óþjóðar bregðr eyðir)
armleggs (Grana farmi).

{Gollstríðir} verpr {glóðum armleggs}; konungr gefr rauðan auð; {eyðir óþjóðar} bregðr {farmi Grana}.

{The gold-harmer} [GENEROUS RULER] throws {embers of the arm} [GOLD]; the king gives red wealth; {the destroyer of evildoers} [JUST RULER] flings {the load of Grani <legendary horse>} [GOLD].

texts: Skm 201, SnE 203

editions: Skj Þórvaldr blǫnduskáld: 1. Sigurðardrápa 2 (AI, 492; BI, 464); Skald I, 228; SnE 1848-87, I, 408-9, II, 323, 434, 583, III, 71, SnE 1931, 145, SnE 1998, I, 62-3.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 33r, 10 - 33r, 11 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 34v, 9 - 34v, 9 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 76, 4 - 76, 5 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 31v, 21 - 31v, 22 (SnE)  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 10r, 29 - 10r, 30 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 5v, 47 - 5v, 47 [1-2] (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
AM 748 II 4° (C) 4r, 29 - 4v, 2 (SnE)  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 490r, 7 - 490r, 10  image  
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