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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Brynjólfr úlfaldi (Brúlf)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Diana Whaley;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Brynjolfr ulfaldi, Nordmand, 11. årh. (AI, 299, BI, 276).

Skj poems:

Nothing is known of this individual (Brúlf), except what can be gleaned from his sole recorded couplet and its saga context (see Introduction and Context below). His nickname means ‘Camel’ (Lind 1920-1, 390).

Lausavísa — Brúlf LvI

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Brynjólfr úlfaldi, 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. 800.


Skj: Brynjolfr ulfaldi: Lausavísa, 1018; kun slutningen (AI, 299, BI, 276); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: I, 800

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1 — Brúlf Lv 1I

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Cite as: Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Brynjólfr úlfaldi, 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. 800.

Bragningr gaf mér
brand ok Vettaland.


The ruler gave me a sword and Vettaland.

context: In ÓH-Hkr, this couplet is introduced as the niðrlag ‘conclusion’ of a stanza Brynjólfr composed to commemorate King Óláfr Haraldsson’s Christmas gift to him, of a gold-chased sword and a major estate called Vettaland(ir). After the citation we are told that the king gave him the title of lendr maðr ‘landed man, district chieftain’ and their friendship remained firm.

notes: The gift of a sword is also celebrated in Hfr Lv 11V (Hallfr 14) and Sigv ErfÓl 27, and one is wished for in Bersi Lv. According to Snorri Sturluson (ÓH-Hkr), Brynjólfr was rewarded for his loyal support of Óláfr’s territorial claims, and he and others like him may have been intended by Óláfr as a counterweight to the Swedish king’s officials in Ranríki (Andersen 1977, 119).

texts: Flat 466, ÓH 58 (56), ÓHHkr 53 (II 53), Hkr 254 (II 53)

editions: Skj Brynjolfr ulfaldi: Lausavísa (AI, 299; BI, 276); Skald I, 141; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 96, ÍF 27, 82, Hkr 1991, I, 307 (ÓHHkr ch. 62); ÓH 1941, I, 119 (ch. 48), Flat 1860-8, II, 54.


AM 36 folx (Kx) 264v, 4 - 264v, 5 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 2 4° (Holm2) 15v, 19 - 15v, 19 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  
AM 325 V 4° (325V) 20rb, 2 - 20rb, 3 (ÓH)  image  
UppsUB R 686x (R686x) 31v, 21 - 31v, 22 (ÓH)  image  image  
Thott 972 folx (972x) 106va, 1 - 106va, 2 (ÓH)  image  image  
AM 37 folx (J1x) 169r, 21 - 169r, 22 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 141r, 28 - 141r, 29 (ÓH)  image  
AM 68 fol (68) 15r, 1 - 15r, 1 (ÓH)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 87ra, 33 - 87ra, 34 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  image  
Holm perg 4 4° (Holm4) 7ra, 5 - 7ra, 5 (ÓH)  image  
AM 75 c fol (75c) 6v, 15 - 6v, 15 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 VII 4° (325VII) 7r, 27 - 7r, 28 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 139rb, 9 - 139rb, 9 (ÓH)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 85ra, 13 - 85ra, 13 (ÓH)  image  image  image  
GKS 1008 fol (Tóm) 104v, 41 - 104v, 41 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 IX 2 4° (325IX 2) 2va, 22 - 2va, 22 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 XI 2 p 4° (325XI 2 p) 1va, 6 - 1va, 6 (ÓH)  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 473r - 473r  image  
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