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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 Vol. 1. 29. Bárðr á Upplǫndum, Lausavísa, 1 [Vol. 1, 442] — Bárðr Lv 1I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Hugðak hitt, at hefðak
harðhendit þat stundum,
at skalpgrana skozkum
skyldak einn of halda.

Skj: Bárðr á Upplǫndum: Lausavísa (AI, 153; BI, 145); dróttkvætt; ed. KSH; group: A1; mss: 325VIII 2 a, 53, 54, 61, 62, Bb, Flat; texts: ÓT 127, ÞorvT 1
 
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