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Stúfr Stúfdr 7II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattar, Stúfsdrápa 7’ 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. 356-7.

Stúfr inn blindi Þórðarson kattarStúfsdrápa
678

Tíreggjaðr hjó tyggi
tveim hǫndum lið beima;
reifr gekk herr und hlífar
hizig suðr fyr Nizi.

Tíreggjaðr tyggi hjó lið beima tveim hǫndum; reifr herr gekk und hlífar hizig suðr fyr Nizi.

The fame-spurred ruler cut down the troop of warriors with both hands; the cheerful army advanced beneath shields there south of the Nissan.

Mss: R(39v), Tˣ(41r), U(37r), A(15r), B(6v), 744ˣ(41r), C(9r) (SnE)

Readings: [2] lið: kyn A, B    [3] reifr: so Tˣ, U, A, 744ˣ, C, reif R, ‘re[…]’ B;    herr: hann A, B, C;    hlífar: hlífar or hlakkar B, hlakkar 744ˣ    [4] hizig: ‘hizi’ U

Editions: Skj AI, 405, Skj BI, 374, Skald 186; SnE 1848-87, I, 520-1, II, 342-3, 461, 540, 606, SnE 1931, 182, SnE 1998, I, 102.

Context: Tyggi is given in Skm as a heiti for ‘nobleman, king, jarl’.

Notes: [All]: Because B is difficult to read, AM 744 4°ˣ (744ˣ), an early C18th copy of B by Jón Ólafsson, has also been used selectively. — [All]: The helmingr commemorates the battle of the river Nissan (Niz) between Haraldr and Sveinn Úlfsson (9 August 1062). See also Arn Hardr 2-4, ÞjóðA Sex 13-18, Steinn Nizv and Steinn Úlffl. — [4] hizig suðr fyr Nizi ‘there south of the Nissan’: This l. could also belong to the first cl.: ‘The fame-eager ruler cut down the troop of warriors with both hands there south of the Nissan’. The Nissan is a river in Halland, present-day Sweden (then a part of Denmark).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. SnE 1848-87 = Snorri Sturluson. 1848-87. Edda Snorra Sturlusonar: Edda Snorronis Sturlaei. Ed. Jón Sigurðsson et al. 3 vols. Copenhagen: Legatum Arnamagnaeanum. Rpt. Osnabrück: Zeller, 1966.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. SnE 1931 = Snorri Sturluson. 1931. Edda Snorra Sturlusonar. Ed. Finnur Jónsson. Copenhagen: Gyldendal.
  5. SnE 1998 = Snorri Sturluson. 1998. Edda: Skáldskaparmál. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2 vols. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  6. Internal references
  7. Not published: do not cite (SkmIII)
  8. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Steinn Herdísarson, Nizarvísur’ 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. 359-66.
  9. 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.
  10. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Haraldsdrápa 2’ 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. 262-3.
  11. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 13’ 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, p. 125.
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