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Þórarinn — ÞórI

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Vol. 1, 444 —  — ed. Kate Heslop

Poetry

Biography

Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Biography of) Þórarinn’ 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. 444.

Þórarinn (Þór), an Icelander and a poet, plays a minor role in ÓT. The ‘D’ redaction reports that he composed the stanza below while returning from Þrándheimr (Trøndelag) with King Óláfr Tryggvason after Óláfr’s missionary visit there, which would place the stanza in the winter of 998-9 AD. Þórarinn has been tentatively identified with the late tenth-century skald Þórarinn inn svarti ‘the Black’ Þórólfsson, who fled to Norway after a killing in Iceland (see Eyrbyggja saga, ÍF 4, 60; LH I, 521; Finnur Jónsson 1930b, 49), or with Þórarinn Nefjólfsson, who sailed to Niðaróss (Trondheim) in the late 990s and later became a retainer of Óláfr helgi (see Hkr, ÍF 26, 329; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 160-1; Ohlmarks 1958, 110-11), but according to the sources neither was in Norway when Óláfr’s missionary expedition set out.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. LH = Finnur Jónsson. 1920-4. Den oldnorske og oldislandske litteraturs historie. 3 vols. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Gad.
  3. ÍF 4 = Eyrbyggja saga. Ed. Einar Ólafur Sveinsson and Matthías Þórðarson. 1935.
  4. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  5. ÓT 1958-2000 = Ólafur Halldórsson, ed. 1958-2000. Saga Óláfs Tryggvasonar en mesta. 3 vols. EA A 1-3. Copenhagen: Munksgaard (Reitzel).
  6. Ohlmarks, Åke. 1958. Tors skalder och Vite-Krists. Trosskiftestidens isländska furstelovskalder, 980-1013. Stockholm: Geber.
  7. Finnur Jónsson. 1930b. ‘Skjaldekvads tolkning: Máhlíðingavísur’. ÅNOH, 1-64.
  8. Internal references
  9. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Heimskringla (Hkr)’ 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].
  10. Not published: do not cite (EbV)
  11. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘The Greatest Saga of Óláfr Tryggvason / Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar in mesta (ÓT)’ 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, pp. clxiii-clxvi.
  12. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Biography of) Óláfr Tryggvason’ 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. 383.

other information

Þórarinn (Þór)

10th century

Skj AI, 153; BI, 145

volume 1

main editor: Kate Heslop

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