Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þórarinn (Þór)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Kate Heslop;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Þórarinn, Vistnok en Islænder, omkr. 1000. (AI, 153, BI, 145).

Skj poems:
Lausavísa

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.

Lausavísa — Þór LvI

Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þórarinn, 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. Brepols, Turnhout, p. 445.

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Skj: Þórarinn: Lausavísa (AI, 153, BI, 145); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Flat, ÓT

SkP info: I, 445

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This light-hearted occasional verse (Þór Lv) is preserved only in the ‘D’ redaction of ÓT in Flat and 62. If genuine, it was composed in the late 990s (see above).
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