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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Nefari (Nefari)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Nefari, Nordmand(?), 12. årh. (AI, 537, BI, 518).

Skj poems:

Nefari (Nefari) is otherwise unknown. He was in the company of Jón kuflungr ‘Monk’ and his party (the Kuflungar) during a sea-voyage in the late autumn of 1186, when the Kuflungar were on their way north from Oslo to attack Sverrir and the Birkibeinar in Trondheim (see also Blakkr Lv 1-2). Finnur Jónsson (LH 1894-1901, II, 29) suggests that Nefari may have been from Norway, which is possible, but cannot be confirmed.

Lausavísa — Nefari LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Nefari, Lausavísa’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 645-6. <> (accessed 22 May 2022)


Skj: Nefari: Lausavísa, 1186 (AI, 537, BI, 518); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Flat, Sv

SkP info: II, 645-6

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This lv. (Nefari Lv) is attributed to Nefari and preserved in mss 327, Flat, 8, E and 81a of Sv (327 is the main ms.). The st. prompted a response in a similar vein from Blakkr one year later.
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