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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þórálfr (-valdr) (Þórálfr)

11th century; volume 3; ed. Diana Whaley;

Fragment (Frag) - 1

Skj info: Þórálfr (-valdr), Islænder, 11. årh (?) (AI, 418, BI, 388).

Skj poems:
Af et ubestemmeligt digt

Nothing is known of this skald (Þórálfr) and his poetry beyond the fact the helmingr below is cited in SnE (Skm) amidst citations mainly from well-known tenth-century skalds. The name of the skald is given as ‘þoralfr’ in W and B, and since these two mss are considered not closely related this makes this form marginally the best supported. Ms. has ‘þorolfr’, as does R, though a patch of damage in R obscures the final letters, ‘þorol[…]’. The form ‘þorvalldr’ in U could be influenced by a citation from Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld five lines later. The name is printed in Skj as ‘Þórálfr (-valdr)’ but in LP (p. xvi) as ‘Þórolfr (-alfr, ‑valdr)’.

Fragment — Þórálfr FragIII

Diana Whaley 2017, ‘ Þórálfr (-valdr), Fragment’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 467. <> (accessed 26 June 2022)


Skj: Þórálfr (-valdr): Af et ubestemmeligt digt (AI, 418, BI, 388); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: III, 467

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1 — Þórálfr Frag 1III

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Cite as: Diana Whaley (ed.) 2017, ‘Þórálfr (-valdr), Fragment 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. 467.

Sagði hitt, es hugði,
Hliðskjalfar gramr sjǫlfum
hlífar styggr, þars hǫggnir
Háreks liðar vôru.

{Gramr Hliðskjalfar}, styggr hlífar, sagði sjǫlfum hitt, es hugði, þars liðar Háreks vôru hǫggnir.

{The lord of Hliðskjálf} [= Óðinn], shy of protection, told him what he intended, where Hárekr’s troops were cut down.

texts: Skm 22, SnE 24

editions: Skj Þórálfr (-valdr): Af et ubestemmeligt digt (AI, 418; BI, 388); Skald I, 192; SnE 1848-87, I, 242-3, II, 305, 520, III, 9, SnE 1931, 91, SnE 1998, I, 11.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 21r, 23 - 21r, 24 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 21v, 20 - 21v, 21 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 46, 1 - 46, 2 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 26v, 17 - 26v, 19 (SnE)  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 4r, 25 - 4r, 25 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
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