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Glúmr Geirason (Glúmr)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Diana Whaley;

2. Gráfeldardrápa (Gráf) - 15

Skj info: Glúmr Geirason, Islandsk skjald omkr. 950-75. (AI, 75-8, BI, 65-8).

Skj poems:
1. Kvad om Erik blodøkse
2. Gráfeldardrápa
3. Lausavísa

Glúmr Geirason (Glúmr) was the son of Geiri (patronymic unknown), a Norwegian who settled in Iceland. Glúmr was born there in the early tenth century and moved with his father and brother from Mývatn, via Húnavatn, to Króksfjörður, Breiðafjörður, because of some killings (Ldn, ÍF 1, 284; he is also mentioned in ÍF 1, 154, 161, 238 and appears in Reykdœla saga, ÍF 10, 204-12). He married Ingunn Þórólfsdóttir, and their son was Þórðr Ingunnarson, who features in Laxdœla saga (ÍF 5, 86-7). Glúmr is named in Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 261, 273, 274) as the poet of Eiríkr blóðøx ‘Blood-axe’ (d. c. 954) and Haraldr gráfeldr ‘Grey-cloak’ (d. c. 970), and poems for both survive in part. Considerably more of Gráfeldardrápa (Gráf) survives than of the Poem about Eiríkr blóðøx (EirIII), though there is some difficulty in assigning certain stanzas to one or other poem (see Introduction to Gráf). Glúmr is the subject of HaukrV Ísldr 11IV, which depicts him as a zealous fighter who was with Haraldr gráfeldr at his victory at Fitjar (c. 961). Glúmr’s presence at the battle is somewhat in doubt, however, since although the Fsk text of his lausavísa on the subject (Glúmr Lv) contains sák ‘I saw’, the Hkr and ÓT mss have frák ‘I have heard’. From Glúmr Gráf it is clear that Glúmr outlived Haraldr (see Introduction). Edited below are Gráf and Lv, while the fragment of Eir is edited in SkP III since it is preserved only in SnE and TGT.

Gráfeldardrápa (‘Drápa about (Haraldr) gráfeldr ‘Grey-cloak’’) — Glúmr GráfI

Alison Finlay 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Glúmr Geirason, Gráfeldardrápa’ 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. 245.

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Skj: Glúmr Geirason: 2. Gráfeldardrápa, c 970 (AI, 75-8, BI, 66-8); stanzas (if different): 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14

SkP info: I, 262

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

12 — Glúmr Gráf 12I

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lemmatised words

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-tveggi (pron.)tveggi 12/8

4at (conj.) ‘that...’ — 12/5

1auðr (noun m.) [°-s/-ar, dat. -i/-] ‘wealth...’auð 12/4, auðar 12/3

auðván (noun f.) ‘expectation of wealth...’auðvôn 12/4

bregða (verb) [°bregðr/brigðr; brá, brugðu; brugðinn/brogðinn] ‘pull, jerk, break; change...’brá 12/2

bróðir (noun m.) [°bróður/brǿðr/bróðurs, dat. bróður/brǿðr/breðr, acc. bróður/brǿðr; brǿðr/bróðr/breðr (brǿðrirnir Jvs291 75¹⁴), gen. brǿ---] ‘brother...’ — 12/6

dauði (noun m.) [°-a; -ar] ‘death...’dauða 12/4 var, 12/4

1drífa (noun f.) [°-u] ‘snow-storm...’ — 12/2

ek (pron.) [°mín, dat. mér, acc. mik] ‘I, me...’mér 12/6

2en (conj.) ‘but, and...’ — 12/5

falla (verb) ‘fall...’fellu 12/1 var, Fellumk 12/1

fjǫlð (noun f.) ‘multitude...’ — 12/8

fljóð (noun n.) ‘woman...’fljóðs 12/8 var

2geta (verb) ‘to beget, give birth to, mention, speak ...’getr 12/7

góðr (adj.) ‘good...’góðu 12/6

hafa (verb) ‘have...’hef 12/5 var, hefr 12/5

halfr (adj.) ‘half...’hǫlf 12/1

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’hans 12/6, þeira 12/7 var

Haraldr (noun m.) ‘Haraldr...’Haraldar 12/4 var, Haralds 12/4

2heita (verb) ‘be called, promise...’heitit 12/5

hilmir (noun m.) ‘prince, protector...’hilmis 12/1

1hjalmr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i; -ar] ‘helmet...’hjalm 12/1 var, hjalms 12/1 var

hjǫrdrífa (noun f.) ‘[sword-blizzard]...’ — 12/2

hjǫrr (noun m.) ‘sword...’hjǫr 12/2

hvaðarr (pron.) ‘[both]...’ — 12/8

hvaðarrtveggi (pron.) — 12/8

hvar (adv.) ‘where...’hvor 12/8 var

hvata (verb) ‘incite, hasten...’hvatar 12/8 var

2hverr (pron.) ‘who, whom, each, every...’hvára 12/8 var, hvárt 12/8 var

líf (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘life...’lífi 12/2

4of (particle) ‘(before verb)...’ — 12/7 var

ráða (verb) ‘advise, rule, interpret, decide...’réðat 12/3

seggfjǫlð (noun f.) — 12/8

seggfljóð (noun n.)seggfljóðs 12/8 var

seggr (noun m.) [°; -ir] ‘man...’segg 12/8, seggs 12/8 var

seggsfjǫlð (noun f.) — 12/8 var

sik (pron.) [°gen. sín, dat. sér] ‘(refl. pron.)...’sér 12/7 var

2sjá (verb) ‘see...’sér 12/7 var, 12/7

2slíkr (adj.) ‘such...’slíkt 12/7 var

1sæla (noun f.) [°-u; -ur] ‘bliss...’sælu 12/7

til (prep.) ‘to...’ — 12/3, 12/7

ván (noun f.) [°-ar, dat. -/-u; -ir] ‘hope, expectation...’vôn 12/4

verðugr (adj.) ‘deserving, worthy...’verðugt 12/3 var

vér (pron.) [°gen. vár, dat./acc. oss] ‘we, us, our...’oss 12/3

2vinna (verb) ‘perform, work...’vann 12/4 var

1vita (verb) ‘know...’veitk 12/5

þar (adv.) ‘there...’ — 12/7

þás (conj.) ‘when...’ — 12/1

unlemmatised variants — beiðuð (12); fellumsk (12); hófr (12); kvaðar (12); teggi (12); tveggju (12)


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