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Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr (Hávh)

11th century; volume 5; ed. Rolf Stavnem;

Lausavísur 2-14 (Lv) - 13

This edition is currently in preparation. The biography below may represent a superseded edition, notes and/or an interim or draft version. Do not cite this material without consulting the volume and skald editors.

Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr ‘Hávarðr halti ‘the Lame’ from Ísafjörður’ in north-western Iceland is the main character in the saga that bears his name, Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings (Háv), and is credited with fourteen of the fifteen stanzas in the saga. All fourteen are in dróttkvætt metre. One of them, Háv 4, is probably confused with the poetry of another lame man, Hrómundr halti, or his son Þorbjǫrn þyna (this stanza is edited in SkP as Þþyn Lv 1IV). In all likelihood Hávarðr had an historical existence though many of the incidents in the extant, probably late, saga are likely to be fictitious. Snorri Sturluson evidently considered Hávarðr to have lived and to have composed poetry, as a helmingr (Hávh Lv 1III) is attributed to him in both Skm and LaufE.

 Neither the saga nor Landnámabók (Ldn) provides the names of Hávarðr’s father and mother or his wider family. Ldn (ÍF 1, 159, 186, 187, 189, 190, 191) refers to him as Hávarðr halti and mentions him in connection with the death of his son Óláfr (see Óláfr’s biography in this volume) at the hands of Þorbjǫrn Þjóðreksson. His wife Bjargey Valbrandsdóttir is also mentioned in the same context, but in Ldn (ÍF 1, 187, 190, 191) she is said to be the daughter of Valbrandr, son of Eyvindr kné ‘Knee’, whereas in Háv Valbrandr is her brother.

 Ldn (ÍF 1, 159, 191) attests to knowledge of a story about Hávarðr’s feud with Þorbjǫrn Þjóðreksson arising from the latter’s unjust killing of Hávarðr’s and Bjargey’s son Óláfr, and this event is also the mainspring of the present saga’s action, which documents a transformation of the elderly Hávarðr, overcome with grief at his son’s death and feeling unable to take vengeance for his killing, into an efficient and determined killer who eventually manages to emerge unscathed from his dealings with powerful local chieftains. All the stanzas attributed to him are on the subject of his loss or his revenge.

notes
my siglum: conflicts with Hávarðar saga

Lausavísur 2-14 — Hávh LvV

Not published: do not cite (Hávh LvV)

stanzas:  2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14 

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur, 1002-3 (AI, 189-91, BI, 179-82); stanzas (if different): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14

in texts: Háv

This edition is currently in preparation and will be published in a forthcoming volume of the series. The text below is from a superseded edition (Skj where relevant).

2 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 2 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 2) — Hávh Lv 2V (Háv 2)

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).

Eigi hefr á augu
(undskíðs) komit síðan
(dyggr hné) óf (und eggjar
óðstefnir) mér svefna,
síz hræstorðar harðan
hjǫr gerðu styr bǫrvar
ótt, þeirs Áleif létu
allsaklausan falla.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 1 (AI, 188; BI, 179); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 486x, 552bx, 560cx; texts: Háv 2
 
3 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 3 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 3) — Hávh Lv 3V (Háv 3)

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Ákat hœgt (af hœgu
hljóð veiti mér sveitir)
enn í elli minni
ívegstafi segja,
síz vel hressan vissak
vápna Njǫrð at jǫrðu,
minn vas sonr at sǫnnu
snjallr aflstuðill, fallinn.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 2 (AI, 189; BI, 179); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 426x, 486x, 552bx, 560cx; texts: Háv 3
 
4 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 5 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 4) — Hávh Lv 4V (Háv 5)

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Efna hygg þats Yggjar
ek hef heitit mô feita,
sundlíri flýgr sára
svangr fyr eyrar tanga;
veitk at vér munum hljóta
(vel's fallit þat) allir,
hljómr's af hjǫrva glaumi,
Hallgrímr farar tíma.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 3 (AI, 189; BI, 179); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: Háv 1756, 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 31x, 426x, 486x, 502x, 552bx, 560cx, 568x, 928x, papp6 Ix; texts: Háv 5
 
5 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 6 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 5) — Hávh Lv 5V (Háv 6)

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Mótreyni klaufk mána
malma braks í jaxla,
hegg létk alms í augu
eitt hǫgg staðar leita,
sákak hitt at hrykki
hringmerkðr fetilstingi,
hlyn (Gunnlogi) Gunnar
(gall) harðan sák falla.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 4 (AI, 189; BI, 179); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 426x, 486x, 502x, 552bx, 560cx; texts: Háv 6
 
6 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 7 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 6) — Hávh Lv 6V (Háv 7)

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Vér hǫfum felda fjóra
(feng telk í því drengum)
brátt, þeirs blóðgan létu
Bjargeyjar son deyja;
enn af órum mǫnnum
(eirð vas fallin geira)
þanns vas hœfðr með hlunni
Hallgrímr kveðr nú fallinn.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 5 (AI, 189; BI, 179); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: Háv 1756, 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 426x, 486x, 502x, 552bx, 560cx; texts: Háv 7
 
7 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 8 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 7) — Hávh Lv 7V (Háv 8)

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Hratt gekk sonr, þás sótti
sunnu bekks at runni
(hvatr frák at brá bitrum
blóðísi) Geirdísar;
enn réð Eyjolfr minnask
eggleiks við kyn seggja,
geymi-Baldr, at gjalda,
gunnbliks, jǫru runnum.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 6 (AI, 189-90; BI, 180); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 426x, 486x, 502x, 552bx, 560cx; texts: Háv 8
 
8 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 9 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 8) — Hávh Lv 8V (Háv 9)

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Heldr hǫfum heiptir goldit
Hallgrímr saman allir,
(vígs iðrumk þess þeygi)
Þjóreks sonum stórar;
urðu œski-Nirðir
oddregns of sǫk vegnir;
ætt þjóðar veitk eyði
ímgjarna Þórbjarnar.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 7 (AI, 190; BI, 180); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 426x, 486x, 502x, 552bx, 560cx, 568x, 928x; texts: Háv 9
 
9 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 10 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 9) — Hávh Lv 9V (Háv 10)

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Nú's jafnǫndum efni
angrsólar fram ganga,
varra lands, þeirs vilja
viggs temjendr sik fremja;
vesa kveða, hǫgg en hǫggvin
hjǫr saklaussa bǫrva,
Ísfirðinga, urðu
eirlaust, farit trausti.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 8 (AI, 190; BI, 180); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: Háv 1756, 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 426x, 486x, 502x, 552bx, 568x; texts: Háv 10
 
10 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 11 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 10) — Hávh Lv 10V (Háv 11)

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Hlógu herðidraugar
hvinnendr of sǫk minni
"fróns", þás frænda mínum
fellidómr réð bella;
nú mun, síz vegnir vôru
víg-Njǫrðungar, hǫrðu
hafs í hverju bjargi
hóts annan veg þjóta.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 9 (AI, 190; BI, 180); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 426x, 486x, 552bx; texts: Háv 11
 
11 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 12 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 11) — Hávh Lv 11V (Háv 12)

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Hallgrímr skulum heiman
hlítik vætki (lítit
uggik) ógnar-môlum,
(íðvandr) ór stað bíða;
en víg þaus vér vôgum,
vildak aldri gjalda
geira gætiôru,
gǫrvǫll í strá falli.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 10 (AI, 190-1; BI, 181); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 426x, 486x, 502x, 552bx, 568x; texts: Háv 12
 
12 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 13 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 12) — Hávh Lv 12V (Háv 13)

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Þekð liggr vôr á vígi
(vǫruð hollir styrþollum)
ann ek ægis runnum
ógóligu, sólar;
þann vissak mér manna
mest alls at hlít fallinn,
orð spyri fárlig fyrðar
flest andskotum vestan.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 11 (AI, 191; BI, 181); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 426x, 486x, 552bx; texts: Háv 13
 
13 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 14 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 13) — Hávh Lv 13V (Háv 14)

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Varðat viggja Njǫrðum,
Valbrands sonum, handan
(þess minnumk nú) Þvinnils
þvengr vanbundinn lengi,
þás, skerfoldar, skyldi
(skjalda hlums) á sumri,
(garðr svall) gǫfug sólar
Gefn, míns sonar hefna.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 12 (AI, 191; BI, 181); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 426x, 486x, 552bx, 560cx; texts: Háv 14
 
14 Vol. 5. Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings 15 (Hávarðr halti Ísfirðingr, Lausavísur 2-14, 14) — Hávh Lv 14V (Háv 15)

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Þat mun vestr ok vestan
(varð ôr roðin sôrum)
orð til Ísafjarðar
(oddregns) koma þegna,
at til geira glettu
gunn-nœringar fœri,
vægr es vǫxtr í augum
Valbrands sonum, handan.

Skj: Hávarðr halti ísfirðingr: Lausavísur 13 (AI, 191; BI, 181); dróttkvætt; ed. RS; group: D; mss: 1006x, 157bx, 160x, 426x, 486x, 502x, 552bx, 560cx, 568x; texts: Háv 15
 
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