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Eilífr Goðrúnarson (Eil)

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

1. Þórsdrápa (Þdr) - 23

Hardly anything is known about the life of Eilífr Goðrúnarson (Eil). According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 256, 266, 280), he was active as a skald at the court of Hákon jarl Sigurðarson in Norway around the end of the tenth century. Some scholars have argued that a word-play in a stanza preserved in Skm (SnE) conceals the name of Hákon jarl, thus confirming the information of Skáldatal, but the present edition, following Lie (1976, 399) is sceptical of that hypothesis (see Þdr 23, Note to [All]). Eilífr’s only surviving works are the long poem Þórsdrápa (Eil Þdr, 23 stanzas) and one fragment of a Christian poem (Eil Frag).

Þórsdrápa — Eil ÞdrIII

Edith Marold with the assistance of Vivian Busch, Jana Krüger, Ann-Dörte Kyas and Katharina Seidel, translated from German by John Foulks 2017, ‘ Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 68. <> (accessed 26 January 2022)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23 

Skj: Eilífr Goðrúnarson: 2. Þórsdrápa (AI, 148-52, BI, 139-44); stanzas (if different): 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21

SkP info: III, 91

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

8 — Eil Þdr 8III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Eilífr Goðrúnarson, Þórsdrápa 8’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 91.

Harðvaxnar leit herðar
hallands of sik falla
(gatat maðr) njótr (in neytri)
njarð- (rôð fyr sér) -gjarðar.
Þverrir lét, nema þyrri
Þorns barna sér, Mǫrnar
snerriblóð, til svíra
salþaks megin vaxa.

{Njótr njarðgjarðar} leit {harðvaxnar herðar {hallands}} falla of sik; maðr gatat in neytri rôð fyr sér. {Þverrir {barna Þorns}} lét megin vaxa sér til svíra {salþaks}, nema {snerriblóð Mǫrnar} þyrri.

{The user of the strength-belt} [= Þórr] saw {the hard-grown shoulders {of the sloping-land}} [MOUNTAIN > ROCKS] fall around him; the man could not find a useful solution for himself. {The diminisher {of the children of Þorn <giant>}} [GIANTS > = Þórr] said that his strength would grow to the neck {of the roof of the earth} [SKY] unless {the rushing blood of Mǫrn <female mythical being>} [RIVER] receded.

texts: Skm 80, SnE 82

editions: Skj Eilífr Goðrúnarson: 2. Þórsdrápa 7 (AI, 149; BI, 141); Skald I, 77, NN §§449, 450; SnE 1848-87, I, 294-5, III, 29-30, SnE 1931, 108, SnE 1998, I, 27.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 24v, 32 - 24v, 35 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 25v, 10 - 25v, 12 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 53, 10 - 53, 12 (SnE)  image  image  image  
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