Ǫlvir hnúfa (Ǫlv)
9th century; volume 1; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;
Lausavísa (Lv) - 1
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 —
Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘(Introduction to) 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.
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
Two dróttkvætt lines ascribed in mss R, Tˣ, 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.