Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Steinn Herdísarson (Steinn)

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

1. Nizarvísur (Nizv) - 7

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.

Nizarvísur — Steinn NizvII

Edited by Kari Ellen Gade

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Skj: Steinn Herdísarson: 1. Nizarvísur, 1062 (AI, 407-9, BI, 376-8)

SkP info: II, 362

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3 — Steinn Nizv 3II

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Vann fyr móðu mynni
meinfœrt Haraldr Sveini;
varð, þvít vísi gerðit,
viðrnám, friðar biðja.
Herðu hjǫrvi gyrðir
Halland jǫfurs spjallar
(heit blés und) fyr útan
atróðr á sæ (blóði).

Haraldr vann Sveini meinfœrt fyr mynni móðu; viðrnám varð, þvít vísi gerðit biðja friðar. Spjallar jǫfurs, gyrðir hjǫrvi, herðu atróðr á sæ fyr útan Halland; heit und blés blóði.

Haraldr made access difficult for Sveinn before the river’s mouth; there was resistance, because the ruler [= Sveinn] did not beg for peace. The prince’s confidants, girded with a sword, intensified the rowing on the sea off Halland; the hot wound spurted blood.

texts: H-Hr 163, HSig 57 (III 132), Hkr 511 (III 132)

editions: Skj Steinn Herdísarson: 1. Nizarvísur 3 (AI, 408; BI, 377); Skald I, 187-8; ÍF 28, 148-9 (HSig ch. 63), F 1871, 228, E 1916, 74; Fms 6, 315 (HSig ch. 78).

manuscripts:

AM 63 folx (Kx) 560v, 25 - 561r, 3 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 27ra, 18 - 27ra, 18 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 48vb, 33 - 48vb, 36 (Hkr)  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 21r, 22 - 21r, 23 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 283r, 14 - 283r, 21 (Hkr)  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 56r, 18 - 56r, 18 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 41ra, 12 - 41ra, 12 (H-Hr)  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 366r, 23 - 366v, 4  image  
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