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Vǫlu-Steinn (VSt)

10th century; volume 3; ed. Edith Marold;

Ǫgmundardrápa (Erf) - 2

The only sources on the life of the poet Vǫlu-Steinn (VSt) are references to him in Landnámabók (Ldn, ÍF 1, 160, 184, 186). He does not appear in Skáldatal, probably because he did not compose poems for any rulers or magnates. According to Ldn (ÍF 1, 186), Vǫlu-Steinn came to Iceland from Hålogaland, Norway, together with his mother Þuríðr sundafyllir ‘Filler of Waterways’ and claimed land in Bolungarvík in the western fjords, presumably around 960. The mother is portrayed as a woman skilled in magic, and her nickname derives from her having magically filled the waters in Hålogaland with fish during a famine there. Her son, Vǫlu-Steinn, must have received his name because he was the son of a vǫlva ‘seeress, sorceress’ (Konráð Gíslason 1874, 25; Guðmundur Þorláksson 1882, 72; Olsen 1916b, 240; LH I, 510). All that remains of his poetry are the two helmingar preserved and attributed to him in Skm (SnE).

Ǫgmundardrápa — VSt ErfIII

Edith Marold with the assistance of Vivian Busch, Jana Krüger, Ann-Dörte Kyas and Katharina Seidel, translated from German by John Foulks 2017, ‘ Vǫlu-Steinn, Ǫgmundardrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 427. <> (accessed 25 January 2022)

stanzas:  1   2 

Skj: Vǫlu-Steinn: , En drape om hans afdøde sön Ögmundr, hvoraf første vers var forfattet af Gestr enn spaki (AI, 98-9, BI, 93)

SkP info: III, 428

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1 — VSt Erf 1III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Vǫlu-Steinn, Ǫgmundardrápa 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. 428.

Heyr Míms vinar mína
— mérs fundr gefinn Þundar —
við góma sker glymja
glaumbergs, Egill, strauma.

Egill, heyr {mína strauma {glaumbergs} {vinar Míms}} glymja við {sker góma}; {fundr Þundar} [e]s gefinn mér.

Egill, hear {my streams {of the joy-cliff} [BREAST] {of the friend of Mímr <mythical being>}} [= Óðinn > POEM] resound against {the skerries of gums} [TEETH]; {the discovery of Þundr <= Óðinn>} [POETRY] is given to me.

texts: Skm 37, SnE 39

editions: Skj Vǫlu-Steinn: 1 (AI, 98; BI, 93); Skald I, 54; SnE 1848-87, I, 250-1, II, 307, 522, III, 13, SnE 1931, 93, SnE 1998, I, 13.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 21v, 14 - 21v, 15 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 22r, 7 - 22r, 7 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 46, 25 - 46, 26 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 27r, 16 - 27r, 18 (SnE)  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 4r, 46 - 4r, 47 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
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