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Lausavísa — Þklypp LvI

Þorkell klyppr Þórðarson

R. D. Fulk 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þorkell klyppr Þórðarson, Lausavísa’ 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. 269.

 

The stanza (Þklypp Lv) is preserved only in Flat (ms. Flat), in Sigurðar þáttr slefu (SSlef, Flat 1860-8, I, 19-21), although the event it belongs to is more widely recorded. During the reign of Haraldr gráfeldr ‘Grey-cloak’ Eiríksson (c. 961-c. 970), the king’s brother Sigurðr slefa ‘Saliva, dribble’ takes Ólǫf, wife of Þorkell, by force; see Context below for the details and sequel in Flat. The Ágr account is that during an uprising of the Vǫrsar, Þorkell avenges the rape of his wife by running Sigurðr through with a sword, and is instantly killed by a retainer of Sigurðr, Erlingr gamli ‘the Old’ (Ágr, ÍF 29, 13; variant accounts are also found in HN 2003, 84-7; Fsk, ÍF 29, 103; and Hkr, ÍF 26, 219).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Ágr = [Anonymous] Ágrip af Nóregs konunga sögum.
  3. Flat 1860-8 = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and C. R. Unger, eds. 1860-8. Flateyjarbók. En samling af norske konge-sagaer med indskudte mindre fortællinger om begivenheder i og udenfor Norge samt annaler. 3 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  4. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  5. ÍF 29 = Ágrip af Nóregskonunga sǫgum; Fagrskinna—Nóregs konungatal. Ed. Bjarni Einarsson. 1985.
  6. HN 2003 = Ekrem, Inger and Lars Boje Mortensen, eds. 2003. Historia Norwegie. Trans. Peter Fisher. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press and University of Copenhagen.
  7. Internal references
  8. 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].
  9. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘Flateyjarbók (Flat)’ 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. clxi-clxii.
  10. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘Fagrskinna (Fsk)’ 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. clix-clxi.
  11. Not published: do not cite (SSlefII)
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