Ormr Steinþórsson (Ormr)
11th century; volume 3; ed. Russell Poole;
1. Poem about a woman (Woman) - 7
2. Fragments (Frag) - 2
Nothing is known about Ormr Steinþórsson (Ormr). The patronymic indicates that he was probably an Icelander rather than a Norwegian (Ólafur Halldórsson 1969b, 156). Finnur Jónsson (Skj AI, 415) places him in the eleventh century, with a query, but commonalities between his work and certain other poems, noted below, make a floruit in the late twelfth century, perhaps even the turn of the thirteenth, more probable. He appears from the internal evidence of poetic fragments attributed to him to have composed for both male and female patrons; one of the male recipients was evidently blind (see Introduction to Ormr Frag below).
Poem about a woman —
Russell Poole 2017, ‘ Ormr Steinþórsson, Poem about a woman’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 323. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1336> (accessed 21 September 2021)
for reference only: 1x
Skj: Ormr Steinþórsson: 1. Af et digt om en kvinde (?) (AI, 415-416, BI, 385); stanzas (if different): 1 |
SkP info: III, 331
6 — Ormr Woman 6III
Cite as: Russell Poole (ed.) 2017, ‘Ormr Steinþórsson, Poem about a woman 6’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 331.
context: The fragment is quoted in LaufE with the heading ein half staka ‘a half-stanza’ (2368ˣ, 738ˣ) or vísa ‘verse’ (1496ˣ) and lacks any explicit connection to the immediate context. Since it immediately follows the section on kennings for ‘shield’, in which garðr is a cited base-word, possibly the phrase garð brims (‘fence of the surf’) must have been interpreted as such a kenning.
notes: [3-4]: The collocation gust fjarðar á garð brims ‘the gust of the fjord on
the fence of the surf’ maintains continuity of images relating to wind at sea.
texts: ‹LaufE 181 (397)›
editions: Skj Not in Skj;
LaufE 1979, 397; Jón Helgason 1966a, 177.