This interface will soon cease to be publicly available. Use the new interface instead. Click here to switch over now.

Cookies on our website

We use cookies on this website, mainly to provide a secure browsing experience but also to collect statistics on how the website is used. You can find out more about the cookies we set, the information we store and how we use it on the cookies page.

Runic Dictionary

login: password: stay logged in: help

Ǫlvir hnúfa (Ǫlv)

9th century; volume 1; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

III. Poem about Þórr (Þórr) - 1

The little information we possess about Ǫlvir hnúfa ‘Snub-nose’ (?) (Ǫlv) comes from the following sources: from Egils saga (Eg, ÍF 2, 3-4 n.), where this ninth-century Norwegian skald is said to be the son of Berðlu-Kári, viking companion of Egill Skallagrímsson’s paternal grandfather, Kveldúlfr; from Gullþóris saga (GullÞ), alternatively known as Þorskfirðinga saga (ÍF 13, 226), and from Skálda saga Haralds konungs hárfagra (Skáld) in Hauksbók (Hb 1892-6, 445-55). Two fragments by Ǫlvir have survived: a lausavísa (Ǫlv Lv) from Skáld, edited below, and a couplet (Ǫlv ÞórrIII) from a poem probably about the god Þórr’s fight with the Miðgarðsormr ‘World Serpent’ in mss of SnE (1998, I, 15), edited in SkP III.

Poem about Þórr — Ǫlv ÞórrIII

Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘ Ǫlvir hnúfa, Poem about Þórr’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 491. <> (accessed 29 June 2022)

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Ǫlvir hnúfa: 1. Af et digt om Tor(?) (AI, 6, BI, 6); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Skm, SnE

SkP info: III, 491

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files


Two dróttkvætt lines ascribed in mss R, , W and U of Skm (SnE 1998, I, 15) to Ǫlvir hnúfa ‘Snub-nose (?)’ (Ǫlv Þórr) are all that remain of a poem, probably about the god Þórr’s fight with the World Serpent, Miðgarðsormr, a popular subject for mythological poetry in the ninth and tenth centuries (see Introduction to Bragi Þórr for details). Ms. R is taken as the main ms.
© 2008-