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Gullásu-Þórðr — GullásÞII

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Vol. 2, 470-2 —  — ed. Kari Ellen Gade

Poetry

Biography

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, 359-64; 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 (GullÁsuÞ) and preserved in MsonaMork (Mork), MsonaH-Hr (H, Hr) and in AM 518 4°ˣ (518ˣ). 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, 337-49.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  3. 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.
  4. Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  5. ÍF 11 = Austfirðinga sǫgur. Ed. Jón Jóhannesson. 1950.
  6. Internal references
  7. Not published: do not cite (GullÁsuÞII)

other information

Gullásu-Þórðr (GullásÞ)

12th century

Skj AI, 453; BI, 421-2

volume 2

main editor: Kari Ellen Gade

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