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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorleikr fagri (Þfagr)

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

Flokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson (Sveinn) - 10

Skj info: Þórleikr fagri, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 396-9, BI, 365-8).

Skj poems:
En flokk om Sven Ulfssön
En flokk om Sven Ulfssön 11-13

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, ‘ 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. <> (accessed 18 October 2021)

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

SkP info: II, 319

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7 — Þfagr Sveinn 7II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorleikr fagri, Flokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson 7’ 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, p. 319.

Bauð, sás beztrar tíðar
borinn varð und miðgarði,
ríkri þjóð at rjóða
randir Sveinn á landi.
Þó lézk heldr, ef heldi
hvatráðr konungr láði,
á byrjar Val berjask
bilstyggr Haraldr vilja.

Sveinn, sás varð borinn beztrar tíðar und miðgarði, bauð ríkri þjóð at rjóða randir á landi. Þó lézk bilstyggr Haraldr heldr vilja berjask á {Val byrjar}, ef hvatráðr konungr heldi láði.

Sveinn, who was born at the luckiest time on earth, told the powerful people to redden shield-rims ashore. Yet hesitation-shy Haraldr said he preferred to fight on {the Valr <horse> of fair wind} [SHIP], if the quick-witted king withheld land [from him].

texts: Flat 1050, Fsk 215, H-Hr 140, HSig 36 (III 111), MH 81, Mork 43, Hkr 490 (III 111)

editions: Skj Þórleikr fagri: En flokk om Sven Ulfssön 7 (AI, 398; BI, 367); Skald I, 183; Mork 1867, 57, Mork 1928-32, 165-6, Andersson and Gade 2000, 201, 476 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 341 (MH); Fms 6, 261 (HSig ch. 51); ÍF 29, 258 (ch. 55); ÍF 28, 116 (HSig ch. 35), F 1871, 213-14, E 1916, 56-7.


GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 9v, 19 - 9v, 19 (Mork)  image  image  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 198ra - 198ra (Flat)  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 45v, 15 - 45v, 15 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 32vb, 15 - 32vb, 15 (H-Hr)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 72r - 72r (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 268, 1 - 268, 8 (Fsk)  image  
AM 63 folx (Kx) 543v, 8 - 543v, 15 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 23vb, 34 - 23vb, 34 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 46ra, 11 - 46ra, 14 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 16r, 29 - 16r, 31 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 271r, 27 - 271v, 1 (Hkr)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 64v, 25 - 64v, 32 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 98v, 20 - 99r, 1 (Fsk)  
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