Gullásu-Þórðr — GullásÞIIskalds
Vol. 2, 470-2 — — ed. Kari Ellen Gade
Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Biography of) Gullásu-Þórðr’ 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. 470-2.
Gullásu-Þórðr (GullásÞ) was a young Icelander who came to Norway in the days of King Eysteinn Magnússon (d. 1122) and took up with the wealthy Norw. widow Gull-Ása ‘Gold-Ása’, a kinswoman of the district chieftain Víðkunnr Jónsson of Bjarkøy (for Víðkunnr, see ‘Biographies of Other Dignitaries’ in Introduction to this vol.). Þórðr became a prosperous merchant and eventually married Ása (see SnE 1848-87
, III, 748
-50; Mork 1928-32
-64; Fms 7, 111
-18; ÍF 11
, 337-49). He is otherwise unknown. The story of Þórðr and Ása is told in Gull-Ásu-Þórðar þáttr
) and preserved in MsonaMork
(H, Hr) and in AM 518 4°ˣ
). The original þáttr
, which formed the basis for the extant narratives, must have been composed prior to 1217 (ÍF 11
, cxvi). GullÁsuÞ
has been edited (from 518ˣ
with variants from Mork, H and Hr) in ÍF 11
- Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
- SnE 1848-87 = Snorri Sturluson. 1848-87. Edda Snorra Sturlusonar: Edda Snorronis Sturlaei. Ed. Jón Sigurðsson et al. 3 vols. Copenhagen: Legatum Arnamagnaeanum. Rpt. Osnabrück: Zeller, 1966.
- Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
- ÍF 11 = Austfirðinga sǫgur. Ed. Jón Jóhannesson. 1950.
- Internal references
- Not published: do not cite (GullÁsuÞII)
Skj AI, 453; BI, 421-2
main editor: Kari Ellen Gade