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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Herdísarson (Steinn)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

2. Úlfsflokkr (Úlffl) - 1

Skj info: Steinn Herdísarson, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 407-13, BI, 376-83).

Skj poems:
1. Nizarvísur
2. Ulfsflokkr
3. Óláfsdrápa

Steinn was the great-grandson of the Icel. poet Einarr skálaglamm ‘Tinkle-scales’ Helgason (EskálI) and a kinsman of Stúfr inn blindi ‘the Blind’ Þórðarson (Stúfr; see the genealogy in SnE 1848-87, III, 607 and Genealogy IV in ÍF 5). At the battle of the river Nissan in 1062 he was on board the ship of his kinsman, Úlfr stallari ‘the Marshal’ Óspaksson (Úlfr). Steinn was a court poet of Haraldr harðráði ‘Hardrule’ Sigurðarson and his son Óláfr kyrri ‘the Quiet’ Haraldsson (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275). Two poems, NizarvísurVísur about the Nissan’ (Steinn Nizv), and ÓláfsdrápaDrápa about Óláfr’ (Steinn Óldr) survive of his poetic oeuvre, and another st., ÚlfsflokkrFlokkr about Úlfr’ (Steinn Úlffl), is usually assigned to a poem about Úlfr Óspaksson.

Úlfsflokkr — Steinn ÚlfflII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Steinn Herdísarson, Úlfsflokkr’ 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. 366-7.


Skj: Steinn Herdísarson: 2. Ulfsflokkr, 1066 (AI, 409, BI, 378); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Flat, Fsk, H-Hr, , Hkr, HSig, MH, Mork

SkP info: II, 366-7

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files


According to Hkr (ÍF 28, 120), Steinn composed the poem ÚlfsflokkrFlokkr about Úlfr’ (Steinn Úlffl) about his kinsman, Úlfr stallari ‘the Marshal’ Óspaksson (Úlfr). The following st. is usually assigned to that poem (see Fidjestøl 1982, 147). In AM 761 b folˣ (761bˣ at 357r), Árni Magnússon assigns it to Steinn Nizv. The st. is preserved in mss , F, E and J2ˣ of HSigHkr, in FskBˣ and FskBˣ (Fsk), in Mork (Mork), Flat (Flat) and in H, Hr (H-Hr) as well as in AM 570 a 4° (570a) of Hákonar saga Ívarssonar (). is the main ms. For information about Úlfr, see ‘Biographies of Other Dignitaries’ in Introduction to this vol. For other poetry commemorating the battle of the river Nissan (9 August 1062) between Haraldr harðráði of Norway and Sveinn Úlfsson of Denmark, see Introduction to Steinn Nizv above.
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