Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld (Þskakk)
12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;
Erlingsdrápa (Erldr) - 3
Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld ‘Skakki’s Poet’ (Þskakk) is unknown. Finnur Jónsson (Skj) gives his nationality as Icel., but that is conjectural. According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 255, 257, 264, 266, 277-8, 281) he composed about Jarl Erlingr skakki ‘the Tilting’ Kyrpinga-Ormsson (d. 1179), Erlingr’s son Magnús (d. 1184) and Sverrir Sigurðarson (d. 1202). Only the three sts from his poetry about Erlingr survive.
Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld, Erlingsdrápa’ 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. 631-5.
Skj: Þórbjǫrn skakkaskáld: Erlingsdrápa, o. 1170 (AI, 534-5, BI, 515-16)
in texts: H-Hr, Hkr, HSona, MErl
SkP info: II, 631-5
The three extant sts of Erlingsdrápa ‘Drápa about Erlingr’ (Erldr) are preserved in mss Kˣ, F, E, J2ˣ and 42ˣ of Hkr and in H, Hr (H-Hr). The name of the poet is given in all mss, and the poem is identified as Erlingsdrápa (ÍF 28, 324; Fms 7, 232). Stanza 1 commemorates a naval battle that took place in the Mediterranean on Erlingr’s journey to Palestine (c. 1152), st. 2 is devoted to the battle of Tønsberg (1161) and st. 3 describes how Erlingr punished rebels in Viken (1164). Because Þorbjǫrn addresses Erlingr directly in sts 1-2, the poem must have been composed prior to Erlingr’s death in 1179.