Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

login: password: stay logged in: help

Sveinn tjúguskegg Haraldsson (Svtjúg)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Matthew Townend;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

not in Skj

On the Danish king Sveinn (Svtjúg, r. 986-1014), who also reigned in England 1013-14, see ‘Ruler biographies’ in Introduction to this volume. As noted below, the sole stanza attributed to him is of doubtful authenticity.

notes
under Anon X (Tillæg 3)

Lausavísa — Svtjúg LvI

Matthew Townend 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Sveinn tjúguskegg Haraldsson, 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. 379.

 1 

in texts: Flat, ÞorlJ

SkP info: I, 379

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files

 

This stanza (Svtjúg Lv) is the only one attributed to the Danish king, and the likelihood of it being genuinely his work must be negligible, both on circumstantial grounds and on stylistic ones (see Note to l. 8 léons, and cf. Note to ll. 5-6, interpretation (c)). It is preserved in Þorleifs þáttr jarlaskálds (ÞorlJ), found only in Flat (ms. Flat; for versions in derivatives of this ms. see ÞorlJ 1987). The story tells how the Icelandic poet Þorleifr jarlsskáld Rauðfeldarson (Þjsk) takes revenge in the form of poetic abuse (níð) on Hákon jarl Sigurðarson for burning his ship and killing his ship-mates; see further skald Biography of Þorleifr and Context to his Jarlsníð (Þjsk Jarl). Þorleifr is supported in his revenge by King Sveinn, to whose court he returns after successfully outwitting Hákon. Impressed by this, Sveinn bestows on him the ironic nickname of jarlsskáld ‘jarl’s poet’ and speaks this stanza. 
© Skaldic Project Academic Body, unless otherwise noted. Database structure and interface developed by Tarrin Wills. All users of material on this database are reminded that its content may be either subject to copyright restrictions or is the property of the custodians of linked databases that have given permission for members of the skaldic project to use their material for research purposes. Those users who have been given access to as yet unpublished material are further reminded that they may not use, publish or otherwise manipulate such material except with the express permission of the individual editor of the material in question and the General Editor of the volume in which the material is to be published. Applications for permission to use such material should be made in the first instance to the General Editor of the volume in question. All information that appears in the published volumes has been thoroughly reviewed. If you believe some information here is incorrect please contact Tarrin Wills with full details.