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Þorgils fiskimaðr (Þfisk)

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

Lausavísur (Lv) - 3

Þorgils fiskimaðr ‘the Fisherman’ (Þfisk) is otherwise unknown, but he is said to have been a Norwegian who had fought in the army of King Óláfr Haraldsson at the battle of Stiklestad in 1030 (so Mork, Flat, H-Hr). According to F (F 1871, 254), Þorgils, who is given the nickname Hástaði (because he came from the farm Hástaðir; but see Fidjestøl 1971, 37-8), was the foster-father of Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson, and the two had been separated since the battle of Stiklestad. The F version goes on to say that Þorgils and his two sons afterwards accompanied Haraldr on his expedition to England and died at the battle of Stamford Bridge on 25 September 1066 (F 1871, 256).

Lausavísur — Þfisk LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Þorgils fiskimaðr, Lausavísur’ 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. 333-6.

stanzas:  1   2   3 

Skj: Þórgils fiskimaðr: Lausavísur, o. 1055 (AI, 400-1, BI, 369)

SkP info: II, 334-5

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

2 — Þfisk Lv 2II

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance

 

Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorgils fiskimaðr, Lausavísur 2’ 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. 334-5.

Heyr á uppreist orða,
ótvínn konungr, mína!
Gaf mér gull it rauða
gramr; vas þat fyr skǫmmu.
Saddir ǫrn, ok eyddir
ǫrum blámanna fjǫrvi;
gall styrfengins stillis
strengr; vas þat fyr lengra.

Ótvínn konungr, heyr á uppreist orða mína! Gramr gaf mér it rauða gull; þat vas fyr skǫmmu. Saddir ǫrn, ok eyddir fjǫrvi blámanna ǫrum; strengr styrfengins stillis gall; þat vas fyr lengra.

Unwavering king, hear the improvement of my poetry! The ruler gave me red gold; that was recently. You satiated the eagle, and destroyed the lives of dark men with arrows; the bowstring of the battle-fit lord resounded; that was longer ago.

texts: Flat 1077, H-Hr 196, MH 108, Mork 76

editions: Skj Þórgils fiskimaðr: Lausavísur 2 (AI, 400; BI, 369); Skald I, 184; Mork 1867, 102, Mork 1928-32, 249, Andersson and Gade 2000, 254, 479-80 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 378 (MH); Fms 6, 386 (HSig ch. 108).

sources

GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 17r, 13 - 17r, 13 (Mork)  image  image  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 202ra, 58 - 202ra, 58 (Flat)  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 70r, 10 - 70r, 10 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 50vb, 2 - 50vb, 2 (H-Hr)  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 532v, 9 - 532v, 16  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated