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Þorleikr fagri (Þfagr)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

III. Fragments (Frag) - 3

Þorleikr’s background is unknown. In 1051 he travelled from Iceland via Norway to Denmark to present a poem to Sveinn Úlfsson (ÍF 28, 113; ÍF 29, 253; Mork 1928-32, 161; Flat 1860-8, III, 338; Fms 6, 256). Both his name and his nickname fagri ‘the Fair’ indicate that he may have come from the family of the Laxdœlir (see Genealogy IIIa in ÍF 5; SnE 1848-87, III, 737-9; LH 1894-1901, I, 641-2). Þorleikr was a rather common name among the Laxdœlir (e.g. Þorleikr Hǫskuldsson and Þorleikr Bollason), and members of that family, such as Hǫskuldr Dala-Kollsson, Óláfr pá ‘Peacock’ Hǫskuldsson and Hallgerðr Hǫskuldsdóttir, were admired for their beauty (see ÍF 5, 14, 27; ÍF 12, 6-7). Þorleikr is listed in Skáldatal as one of the poets who eulogised Sveinn Úlfsson, and it is not said that he composed about any other dignitary or ruler (see SnE 1848-87, III, 258, 267, 283).

Fragments — Þfagr FragIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘ Þorleikr fagri, 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. 484. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=3222> (accessed 21 September 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3 

Skj: Þórleikr fagri: En flokk om Sven Ulfssön 11-13 (AI, 399, BI, 368)

SkP info: III, 484

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1 — Þfagr Frag 1III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Þorleikr fagri, Fragments 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 484.

Sær þýtr, en berr bára
bjart lauðr of við rauðan,
gránn, þars golli búnum
gínn hlunnvisundr munni.

Gránn sær þýtr, en bára berr bjart lauðr of rauðan við, þars {hlunnvisundr} gínn golli búnum munni.

The grey sea roars, and the wave carries bright foam around the red wood where {the roller-bison} [SHIP] gapes with its gold-adorned mouth.

texts: Skm 365, SnE 367

editions: Skj Þórleikr fagri: En flokk om Sven Ulfssön 11 (AI, 399; BI, 368); Skald I, 184; SnE 1848-87, I, 502-3, II, 452, 535, 601, III, 105, SnE 1931, 176, SnE 1998, I, 96.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 38v, 11 - 38v, 12 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 40r, 20 - 40r, 21 (SnE)  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 13v, 8 - 13v, 9 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 6r, 10 - 6r, 11 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
AM 744 4°x (744x) 36r - 36v (SnE)  image  
AM 748 II 4° (C) 7v, 25 - 7v, 27 (SnE)  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 479r - 479r  image  
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