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Úlfr stallari Óspaksson (Úlfr)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

See ‘Biographies of Other Dignitaries’ in Introduction to this volume.

Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300 > 8. Introduction > 5. Biographies > 2. Biographies of Other Dignitaries > g. Úlfr stallari Óspaksson (Úlfr)

Sagas: HSig, MH (Ágr, Fsk, Flat, H-Hr, Hkr, Mork).

Úlfr stallari ‘Marshal’ Óspaksson (Úlfr) was the grandson of the Icelander Ósvífr inn spaki ‘the Wise’ (see ÍF 1, 123, 182-5; Genealogy IV in ÍF 5; ÍF 28, 120; Hollander 1991, 608). He came from a prominent family of poets, among them Einarr skálaglamm (EskálI), Stúfr inn blindi (Stúfr) and Steinn Herdísarson (Steinn), and he was the great-grandfather of Archbishop Eysteinn Erlendsson of Nidaros (1161-88). Úlfr served with Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson in Byzantium, and later Haraldr appointed him his marshal (stallari). He died in the spring of 1066 before Haraldr embarked on his expedition to England. See Ágr (ÍF 29, 36; Ágr 1995, 52-3), Mork (Mork 1928-32, 55-6, 74, 80-2, 170-1, 207-9, 265; Andersson and Gade 2000, 129, 142, 145-6, 204, 227-8, 263), Fsk (ÍF 29, 235, 262, 264-6, 276; Finlay 2004, 189, 209, 211-12, 220), Hkr (ÍF 28, 79, 86, 119-20, 147, 175; Hollander 1991, 583, 588, 608, 626, 645), H-Hr (Fms 6, 164-6, 266, 313-15, 401), Flat (Flat 1860-8, III, 287-8, 301, 304-5, 344, 361-2, 388).

Events documented in poetry: Úlfr’s participation in the battle of the Nissan in 1062 (Steinn Úlffl); his comment on the strength of the English army before Haraldr embarked on his campaign in 1066 (Úlfr Lv).

Lausavísa — Úlfr LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Úlfr stallari Óspaksson, Lausavísa’ 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. 348-9. <> (accessed 23 January 2022)

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Ulfr stallari: En lausavísa, 1066 (AI, 403, BI, 372); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Flat, H-Hr, Hkr, HSig, MH, Mork

SkP info: II, 348-9

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1 Vol. 2. Úlfr stallari Óspaksson, Lausavísa, 1 [Vol. 2, 348-9] — Úlfr Lv 1II

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page.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).

Esa stǫllurum stillis
stafnrúm Haralds (jafnan
ónauðigr fæk auðar)
innan þǫrf at hvarfa,
ef, hǫrbrekka, hrøkkva,
hrein, skulu tveir fyr einum
(ungr kendak mér) undan
(annat) þingamanni.

Skj: Ulfr stallari: En lausavísa (AI, 403; BI, 372); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 39, 761bx, E, F, Flat, H, Hr, J2x, Kx, Mork, papp18x; texts: Flat 1080, H-Hr 199, HSig 74, MH 111, Mork 79
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