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Stuttfeldardrápa — Þstf StuttdrII

Þórarinn stuttfeldr

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Þórarinn stuttfeldr, Stuttfeldardrápa’ 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. 473-9.

 

The name of the poem, Stuttfeldardrápa ‘Stuttfeldr’s Drápa’ (Þstf Stuttdr), is not transmitted in the prose texts in conjunction with the sts, but in the brief anecdote that describes the dealings between Sigurðr and Þórarinn (see Biography above), Þórarinn is said to have composed a praise poem about Sigurðr called Stuttfeldardrápa (see Mork 1928-32, 387; Fms 7, 154; F 1871, 300; E 1916, 151). It is likely that the sts below belong to that encomium (see Fidjestøl 1982, 158; SnE 1848-87, III, 630). In Mork sts 2-3 are erroneously attributed to Þorvaldr blǫnduskáld (Þblǫnd), whereas all of the other mss give Þórarinn stuttfeldr as the poet.

The poem chronicles Sigurðr jórsalafari’s journey to Palestine and Byzantium, 1008-11 (see also Sjórs Lv 3, ESk Sigdr I, Hskv Útkv and Hskv Útdr). Stanzas 1, 3 and 7 are transmitted in Msona in Mork (Mork) and H, Hr (H-Hr), sts 2 and 4 in Mork, H, Hr and in mss , 39, F, E, J2ˣ of MsonaHkr and sts 5-6 are preserved only in H, Hr. Mork is the main ms. for sts 1-4, 7, and H is the main ms. for sts 5-6. The order of sts is determined by the chronology of the events they describe. The metre is tøglag ‘journey metre’ (see SnSt Ht 68-9III; SnE 1999, 29-30) with regular rhyme and alliteration as in dróttkvætt. In some sts of Stuttdr rhyme and double alliteration are missing in the first l.

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. Fidjestøl, Bjarne. 1982. Det norrøne fyrstediktet. Universitet i Bergen Nordisk institutts skriftserie 11. Øvre Ervik: Alvheim & Eide.
  5. Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  6. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  7. E 1916 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1916. Eirspennill: AM 47 fol. Nóregs konunga sǫgur: Magnús góði – Hákon gamli. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske historiske kildeskriftskommission.
  8. SnE 1999 = Snorri Sturluson. 1999. Edda: Háttatal. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. Rpt. with addenda and corrigenda. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  9. Internal references
  10. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Hulda and Hrokkinskinna (H-Hr)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  11. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Morkinskinna (Mork)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  12. Not published: do not cite (MsonaII)
  13. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Biography of) Þórarinn stuttfeldr’ 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. 473-81.
  14. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Einarr Skúlason, Sigurðardrápa I’ 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. 538-42.
  15. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Halldórr skvaldri, Útfarardrápa’ 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. 483-92.
  16. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Halldórr skvaldri, Útfararkviða’ 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. 482-3.
  17. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sigurðr jórsalafari Magnússon, Lausavísur 3’ 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. 468-9.
  18. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 68’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1180.
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