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Þjóðólfr ór Hvini (Þjóð)

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

3. Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

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.

stanzas:  1   2 

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 Vol. 1. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, 3. Lausavísur, 1 [Vol. 1, 64] — Þjóð Lv 1I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Hǫfðum vér í hǫfði
hǫgg at eggja leiki
með vellbrota vitrum;
vôruma þá til margir.

Skj: Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, enn hvinverski: 4. Lausavísur 1 (AI, 21; BI, 19); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761bx, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HHárf 19
 
2 Vol. 1. 1. Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, 3. Lausavísur, 2 [Vol. 1, 65] — Þjóð Lv 2I

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Fariða ér, áðr fleyja
flatvǫllr, heðan, batnar,
(verpr) Geitis veg (grjóti)
Goðrøðr (of sæ stóran);
vindbýsna skalt, vísi
víðfrægr, heðan bíða;
vesið með oss, unz verði
veðr; nú's brim fyr Jaðri.

Skj: Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, enn hvinverski: 4. Lausavísur 2 (AI, 21; BI, 19); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761ax, F, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HHárf 26
 
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