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Bárðr á Upplǫndum (Bárðr)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Kate Heslop;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Nothing is known of Bárðr á Upplǫndum ‘of Opplandene’ or Bárðr digri ‘the Stout’ beyond what is told in Þorvalds þáttr tasalda (ÞorvT, ÍF 9, 119-26), which is embedded in ÓT. According to the þáttr, Bárðr is a rich elderly farmer who lives with his daughter at Úlfarsdalir or Úlfsdalir in Upplǫnd (Opplandene in central Norway). He is a ‘noble heathen’ who trusts only in his own might and main (mátt minn ok megin, ÓT 1958-2000, II, 100; cf. Lönnroth 1969). The single helmingr which follows is the only verse composition credited to Bárðr, and its authenticity has been doubted (see below).

Lausavísa — Bárðr LvI

Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Bárðr á Upplǫndum, Lausavísa’ 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. 442.

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Bárðr á Upplǫndum: Lausavísa (AI, 153, BI, 145); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: I, 442

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1 — Bárðr Lv 1I

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Cite as: Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Bárðr á Upplǫndum, Lausavísa 1’ 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. 442.

Hugðak hitt, at hefðak
harðhendit þat stundum,
at skalpgrana skozkum
skyldak einn of halda.

Hugðak hitt, at hefðak harðhendit þat stundum, at skyldak einn of halda skozkum skalpgrana.

I would have thought that I’d manhandled such a thing [lit. that] at times, so that I ought to be able to hang on to a nimble sheath-mouth by myself.

texts: ÓT 127, ÞorvT 1, Flat 293

editions: Skj Bárðr á Upplǫndum: Lausavísa (AI, 153; BI, 145); Skald I, 79, NN §166; ÍF 9, 122-3, ÓT 1958-2000, II, 97 (ch. 201), Flat 1860-8, I, 381 (ÞorvT).

sources

AM 61 fol (61) 50ra, 27 - 50ra, 29 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 53 fol (53) 45rb, 6 - 45rb, 8 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 40va, 38 - 40va, 40 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 73va, 33 - 73va, 35 (ÓT)  image  
AM 325 VIII 2 a 4° (325VIII 2 a) 3ra, 17 - 3ra, 18 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
AM 62 fol (62) 39va, 23 - 39va, 25 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 50va, 16 - 50va, 18 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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