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Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson (Ólhv)

13th century; volume 2; ed. Lauren Goetting;

3. Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

prose works

Óláfr hvítaskáld ‘White Skald’ Þórðarson (Ólhv) was an accomplished Icel. scholar and a prolific poet. Details of his life are documented in Sturlunga saga (Stu), Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar (Hák), and Knýtlinga saga (Knýtl). He was born c. 1210-12 at Staður on Snæfellsness, Iceland, as the eldest son of Þórðr Sturluson and his concubine Þóra. He was the nephew of Snorri Sturluson (SnSt; d. 1241), with whom he spent long periods of time as a young man, and the older brother of Sturla Þórðarson (Sturl; d. 1284). In 1237 he left Iceland with Snorri to embark upon a career as a professional poet at the courts of Scandinavia. According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 256-8, 260, 378-84) Óláfr composed poetry in honour of a large number of kings and noblemen, including the following: (in Norway) Jarl Skúli Bárðarson (d. 1240), King Hákon Hákonarson (d. 1263) and his son Hákon ungi ‘the Young’ Hákonarson (d. 1257), Jarl Knútr Hákonarson (d. 1261); (in Sweden) King Eiríkr Eiríkson (d. 1250); (in Denmark) King Valdimarr Valdimarsson (d. 1241). Because of Óláfr’s close association with Valdimarr, from whom he hafði ... margar ágætligar frásagnir ‘got ... many excellent narratives’ (ÍF 35, 315), he is thought by some to have written Knýtl, which recounts the history of Dan. rulers (see LH 1894-1901, II, 275, 784-5). Around 1242 Óláfr returned to Iceland and founded a school at Stafaholt in Borgarfjörður, where he wrote the Third Grammatical Treatise (TGT) and devoted himself to teaching and writing until his death in 1259. In addition to these pursuits, he was ordained subdeacon at some point after his return to Iceland and also served as lawspeaker 1248-50.

Most of Óláfr’s extant poetry consists of encomia to King Hákon Hákonarson and is inserted throughout the prose in Hák. This includes part of Hrynhenda (Ólhv Hryn), one st. from a Poem about Hákon (Ólhv Hák), and two lvv. (Ólhv Lv). One lv. traditionally assigned to him, has been reassigned in the present edn to Óláfr svartaskáld Leggsson (Ólsv Love 3III). Aside from the aforementioned, the remainder of Óláfr’s known poetic works includes two sts from ÁrónsdrápaDrápa about Árón’ (Ólhv ÁrdrIV), composed about his friend Árón Hjǫrleifsson, and two sts from ThómasdrápaDrápa about Thomas (ꜳ Becket)’ (Ólhv ThómdrIII), recorded in the Fourth Grammatical Treatise (FoGT). Finally, nine fragments of sts from TGT (Ólhv FragIII), treated as anonymous in previous eds, are attributed to Óláfr in this edn.

Lausavísur — Ólhv LvII

Lauren Goetting 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson, Lausavísur’ 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. 670-2.

stanzas:  1   2 

Skj: Óláfr Þórðarson hvítaskáld: 5. Lausavísur (AII, 98, BII, 109-10); stanzas (if different): 3

in texts: Flat, Fris, Hák

SkP info: II, 670-2

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1. F - 106rb/21-106rb/23 (VEÞ)
Nv er þat er flꜹst or festum | flytr hertoga híns nyta ne fakra ver vika veðr sollít kom | bettra |
2. E - 173v/28-173v/30 (VEÞ)
Tion haufum birkibeina bauð hraústr fregit austan brat | mun búg þann retta bragningr ef uel hagnar uirðenðr munu verþa vapn glyms | vina ymsir ueit ek at vart hefir knuti uegnat braugnum fegnir.
F - 109rb/30-109rb/33 (VEÞ)
Tion hofvm bír | kibeína bꜹþ hrꜹstir fregít ꜹstan bratt mvn bug þaɴ retta | bragníngr ef vel hagnar · virðendr mvnv verþa vapn glyms | fíma ymsir veít ek at vart hefir knvti vegnat brogðom fegnir· |
42x - 157v/8-157v/15 (VEÞ)
Tion hofum birkibeina bꜹðhrꜹstr fregit ꜹstann | betra man bug þann retta | bragningr ef vel hagnar | v þendr mano verða | vopnglyms vini ymsir | veit ec at vort hefir Knuti | verþat brognum fegnir |
81a - 106ra/33-106rb/2 (VEÞ)
Tion | hofum birkibeina . baud hraustr fregit austan b | att man bug þann ʀetta bragningr | ef ve hagnar . virdendr munu verda ua || pn glyms fínna ymsir veít ek at vart | hefir knuti vegnar bragning fegnir |
8 - 53r/16-53r/19 (VEÞ)
Tion hauf | um birkibeina baud hraustur fregit austan bratt man bug þann retta bragningr | ef vel hagnar · virþendr munu verda vapnglymir finna ymsir veit ek att | vart hefir knuti negn att braugnum fegnir· |
Flat - 177vb/9-177vb/11 (VEÞ)
Tíon hafa birkibeinar baudhraustir fregit austan braut | mun bug þann retta bragníngr ef vel hagnar virdendr munu verda vopnglyms fíma ymsir | veit ek at vart hefir knutí vegnat braugdum fegnir.
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