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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞSjár Þórdr 1I

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Þórálfs drápa Skólmssonar 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 237.

Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson)Þórálfs drápa Skólmssonar

text and translation

Þars bǫðharðir bǫrðusk
bands jódraugar landa,
lystr gekk herr til hjǫrva
hnits í Storð á Fitjum.
Ok gimsløngvir ganga
gífrs hlémána drífu
nausta blakks it næsta
Norðmanna gram þorði.

Herr gekk lystr til {hnits hjǫrva} á Fitjum í Storð, þars {bǫðharðir {{landa bands} jó}draugar} bǫrðusk. Ok {{{{{{nausta blakks} hlémána} gífrs} drífu} gim}sløngvir} þorði ganga it næsta {gram Norðmanna}.
‘The army went eager to the clash of swords [BATTLE] at Fitjar on Stord, where the battle-hardened logs of the steed of the chain of lands [(lit. ‘steed-logs of the chain of lands’) SEA > SHIP > SEAFARERS] fought. And the slinger of the fire of the storm of the troll-woman of the shielding moon of the horse of boathouses [(lit. ‘fire-slinger of the storm of the troll-woman of the shielding moon of the horse of boathouses’) SHIP > SHIELD > AXE > BATTLE > SWORD > WARRIOR] dared to advance next to the lord of the Norwegians [NORWEGIAN KING = Hákon].

notes and context

Þórálfr advances next to King Hákon góði at the battle of Fitjar.

[1-4]: The clause arrangement in this helmingr (bound clause preceding the main clause) violates the normal sentence structure of skaldic poetry (see Kuhn 1983, 190-1), and it is possible that the couplets have been rearranged or that they originally belonged to different helmingar. — [5-8]: The warrior-kenning in the second helmingr is the most complex extended kenning in the extant corpus of skaldic poetry.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Þórðr Særeksson, 2. Þórolfs drápa Skolmssonar 1: AI, 328, BI, 302, Skald I, 153-4; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 213, ÍF 26, 187-8 (HákGóð ch. 30), F 1871, 82; ÓT 1958-2000, I, 43 (ch. 28), Flat 1860-8, I, 60; Fsk 1902-3, 45 (ch. 12), ÍF 29, 91 (ch. 13).


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