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Bárðr á Upplǫndum (Bárðr)

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

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Nothing is known of Bárðr á Upplǫndum ‘of Opplandene’ or Bárðr digri ‘the Stout’ beyond what is told in Þorvalds þáttr tasalda (ÞorvT, ÍF 9, 119-26), which is embedded in ÓT. According to the þáttr, Bárðr is a rich elderly farmer who lives with his daughter at Úlfarsdalir or Úlfsdalir in Upplǫnd (Opplandene in central Norway). He is a ‘noble heathen’ who trusts only in his own might and main (mátt minn ok megin, ÓT 1958-2000, II, 100; cf. Lönnroth 1969). The single helmingr which follows is the only verse composition credited to Bárðr, and its authenticity has been doubted (see below).

Lausavísa — Bárðr LvI

Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Bárðr á Upplǫndum, 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. 442.

stanzas:  1 

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

in texts: Flat, ÓT, ÞorvT

SkP info: I, 442

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1. 61 - 50ra/27-50ra/29 (KSH)
Hugða ek hitt at ek hefða. harð | hendit þat stundum. at ek skalpgrana skotzkum. skyllda ek einn of hall | da.
53 - 45rb/6-45rb/8 (KSH)
Hugda ek hitt at | ek hefda hardendit þat stundum at ek skalp | grana skozskan skilldag einn vm hallda
54 - 40va/38-40va/40 (KSH)
Hugda ek | hítt at ek hefda. hardhendit þat stundum ∙ at | ek skalpgrana skotzkum. skylda ek enn of hallda ||
325VIII 2 a - 3ra/17-3ra/18 (KSH)
[...]ugda ek h[...]t at [...]k hefda | [...] ek skalp gna skozkvm sk | [...]
62 - 39va/23-39va/25 (KSH)
Hvgda | ek hítt at ek hefda hard hendít þat stvndvm at ek | skalpgra[...]a stvndvm skilldag eínn of halda ∙
Flat - 50va/16-50va/18 (KSH)
Hugda ek hítt at ek hefda hard | henndr uerít stundum at ek skalf grana skelkinn skylldag æínn of hal | lda ∙
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