Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóðólfr ór Hvini (Þjóð)

9th century; volume 1; ed. Edith Marold;

3. Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

Skj info: Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, enn hvinverski, Norsk skjald, 9 årh. (AI, 7-21, BI, 7-19).

Skj poems:
1. Ynglingatal
2. Haustlǫng
3. Et digt om Harald hårfagre, næppe ægte
4. Lausavísur

Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, or inn hvinverski, ‘from Hvinir’ (Þjóð) was a Norwegian skald of the late ninth or early tenth century. As his nickname indicates, he was from Hvinir (Kvinesdal, Vest-Agder). His biography is largely unknown. Skáldatal names him as poet to several rulers and powerful men: Haraldr hárfagri ‘Fair-hair’ and Rǫgnvaldr heiðumhár or heiðumhæri ‘High with Honours’ (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 261, 273), Hákon jarl Grjótgarðsson (ibid., 256, 265, 280), Þorleifr inn spaki ‘the Wise’ (ibid., 259, 268, 285), Strút-Haraldr jarl (ibid., 259, 284) and an unknown Sveinn jarl (ibid., 268). However, the associations with Hákon, Strút-Haraldr and Þorleifr are uncertain since they may have lived later in the tenth century; see Bugge (1894, 145, 175); Åkerlund (1939, 7). In Hkr, both within the Prologue (ÍF 26, 4) and in HHárf (ÍF 26, 127-8, 139), Þjóðólfr is represented as skald and friend to Haraldr hárfagri and as a dedicated foster-father to Haraldr’s son Guðrøðr ljómi ‘Beam of Light’. It is in this context that he speaks the two lausavísur associated with him (Þjóð Lv 1-2). Þjóðólfr ór Hvini is the composer of the poems Ynglingatal (Þjóð Yt) and Haustlǫng (Þjóð HaustlIII, edited in SkP III). Five stanzas of a poem dedicated to Haraldr hárfagri (Þjóð Har) are also attributed to him. Several stanzas of Haraldskvæði (Þhorn Harkv) are falsely attributed to Þjóðólfr; see Introduction to Harkv. Finally, a fragment (Þjóðólfr FragIII) edited in SkP III is likely to be the work of a different Þjóðólfr, though it is tentatively associated with Þjóð Yt in Skj; see Introduction to Yt.

Lausavísur — Þjóð LvI

R. D. Fulk 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Lausavísur’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 64.

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Skj: Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, enn hvinverski: 4. Lausavísur (AI, 21, BI, 19)

in texts: HHárf, Hkr

SkP info: I, 64

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1. F - 11vb/21-11vb/22 (RDF)
Hofðo ver i hofði hꜹɢ at eɢ | ía leikí m vell brota vítrom várom at þa til marger.
Kx - 67v/27-68r/1 (RDF)
Hofþom ver i ha⸌v⸍fþi | hꜹs at eɢia leiki | með vellbrota vitrom || voruma þa til margir. |
J2x - 38v/22-38v/25 (RDF)
Hofþu ver i hofþe | hꜹɢ at eɢia leike | með vell brota vitrom | vorum ver þa til marger |
J1x - 38v/15-38v/17 (RDF)
Hofðu var i h | ofðe hꜹg at eiga leiki m vellbrota vitrom vorvm | ver þa til marger.
761bx - 187r/0-187r/0 (RDF)
Hǫfþu ver i hofþé | haugg at eggja leiki | meþ vellbrota vitrum | voruma ver þa til margir ||
2. F - 13ra/23-13ra/26 (RDF)
Fari þa er aðr | fleyia flatvollr heðan batnar verpr geítis vegr gríoti | gvðrꜹðr vm sia stóran. vínd bysna skaltv vísí viðfrø̨gr heðan | biða. verit m os vnd verþi veðr nv er brím firi iaðrí.
Kx - 75r/4-75r/11 (RDF)
fariþa er aðr flyia | flatvǫllr heþan batnar | verpr geitis veg grioti | Guðrǫðr vm sia stóran | vindbysna skaltu vísi | viðfrøgr heþan bíþa | verit með os unz verþi | veðr nu er brim fyr jaþri |
J1x - 43r/22-43v/3 (RDF)
fariþa er aðr fleyia flat uꜹllr h || æþan batnar uerpr geitis uægr grioti guþʀódr um sia | storan uinnd bysna skaltu uisi uiðfrægr hæðan biða uerit | m os unnz uerþi uæþr nu ær brim firi laþri ·
J2x - 42v/22-42v/29 (RDF)
fariþa er aþr fleyia | flatvꜹllr heþan batnar | verpr gettis vegr grioti | Guðnǫðr um sia storan | vindbysna skaltu vise | viðfrægr heþan biþa | verit með oss unnz verþi | veðr nu er brim fyr jaðri |
761ax - 51r/2-51r/9 (RDF)
Fariþa ér aþr fleyia | flatvaúllr heþan batnar | verpr geitis vægr grioti | guþrǫþr um sia storan | vindbysna skalltu visi | viþfrægr heþan biþa | verit meþ oss unnz verþi | veþr nu er brim fyrir iaþri ||
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