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Þorleikr fagri (Þfagr)

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

Flokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson (Sveinn) - 10

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).

Flokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson — Þfagr SveinnII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Þorleikr fagri, Flokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 313-22.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 

Skj: Þórleikr fagri: En flokk om Sven Ulfssön, 1051 (AI, 396-9, BI, 365-8); stanzas (if different): 11 | 12 | 13

SkP info: II, 315-16

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3 — Þfagr Sveinn 3II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorleikr fagri, Flokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 315-16.

Fœrir reiðr, sás rauða
rǫnd hefr opt fyr lǫndum,
breið á Buðla slóðir
borðraukn Haraldr norðan.
En lauks of sæ sœkja
Sveins fagrdrifin steini
glæsidýr, þess’s geira,
gullmunnuð, rýðr, sunnan.

Reiðr Haraldr, sás opt hefr rauða rǫnd fyr lǫndum, fœrir {breið borðraukn} norðan á {slóðir Buðla}. En {gullmunnuð glæsidýr lauks} Sveins, þess’s rýðr geira, sœkja sunnan of sæ, fagrdrifin steini.

The enraged Haraldr, who frequently raises the red shield-rim off the shores, steers {the broad draught-animals of the ship-board} [SHIPS] from the north onto {Buðli’s <sea-king’s> trails} [SEA]. And {the gold-mouthed splendid beasts of the mast} [SHIPS] of Sveinn, who reddens spears, advance from the south across the sea, beautifully covered with colour.

texts: Flat 1045, Fsk, H-Hr 134, HSig 32 (III 107), MH 76, Mork 37, Hkr 486 (III 107)

editions: Skj Þórleikr fagri: En flokk om Sven Ulfssön 3 (AI, 397; BI, 366); Skald I, 183; Mork 1867, 55, Mork 1928-32, 161-2, Andersson and Gade 2000, 198-9, 476 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 338 (MH); Fms 6, 257 (HSig ch. 50); ÍF 29, 254 (ch. 55); ÍF 28, 113-14 (HSig ch. 34), F 1871, 213, E 1916, 56.

sources

GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 9r, 39 - 9r, 39 (Mork)  image  image  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 197vb - 197vb (Flat)  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 45r, 3 - 45r, 3 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 32rb, 16 - 32rb, 16 (H-Hr)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 70v - 71r (Fsk)  image  
AM 63 folx (Kx) 542v, 14 - 542v, 21 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 23vb, 6 - 23vb, 6 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 45vb, 26 - 45vb, 29 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 16r, 13 - 16r, 15 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 270v, 14 - 270v, 21 (Hkr)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 63v, 26 - 63v, 33 (Fsk)  image  
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