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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hárekr í Þjóttu (Hár)

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

Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

Skj info: Hárekr Eyvindarson í Þjóttu, Norsk hövding, d. 1035. (AI, 308-9, BI, 286).

Skj poems:

Hárekr (Hár) was a Norwegian chieftain from Þjótta (Tjøtta, Nordland), a son of the poet Eyvindr skáldaspillir (‘Plagiarist’ (?)) and otherwise well connected. According to Hkr and other sources, he enjoyed fluctuating relations with Óláfr Haraldsson (r. c. 1015-30) and other rulers, in a long career which terminated in a revenge killing, c. 1035, by Ásmundr Grankelsson, using Magnús góði’s axe. As well as being credited with two extant lausavísur, Hárekr is among the magnates listed in the U redaction of Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 269), with (Hofgarða-)Refr Gestsson as his skald. None of Hofgarða-Refr’s surviving poetry certainly concerns Hárekr, but his Frags 4, 5III could be from poems about Hárekr or his son Einarr (so LH I, 598).

Lausavísur — Hár LvI

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Hárekr í Þjóttu, 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. 808.

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Skj: Hárekr Eyvindarson í Þjóttu: Lausavísur, 1027 (AI, 308-9, BI, 286)

SkP info: I, 808

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1 — Hár Lv 1I

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Cite as: Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Hárekr í Þjóttu, Lausavísur 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. 808.

Ráðit hefk at ríða
Rínleygs heðan mínum
láðs dynmari, leiðar,
lǫngum, heldr an ganga,
þótt leggfjǫturs liggi
lundr í Eyrarsundi
— kann þjóð kerski minni —
Knútr herskipum úti.

Hefk ráðit at ríða heðan {lǫngum dynmari {láðs {Rínleygs}} mínum}, heldr an ganga leiðar, þótt {lundr {leggfjǫturs}}, Knútr, liggi herskipum úti í Eyrarsundi; þjóð kann kerski minni.

I have resolved to ride from here {my long resounding steed {of the land {of Rhine-flame}}} [GOLD > SEA > SHIP], rather than to walk on my way, though {the grove {of the limb-fetter}} [ARM-RING > MAN], Knútr, may lie with warships out in the Øresund; people know my spirit.

texts: Flat 546, Fsk 148, ÓH 108 (105), ÓHHkr 102 (II 102), ÓHLeg 39, TGT 4 [1-2], Gramm 6, Hkr 303 (II 102)

editions: Skj Hárekr Eyvindarson í Þjóttu: Lausavísur 1 (AI, 308; BI, 286); Skald I, 146, NN §§773, 774; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 377, IV, 146-7, ÍF 27, 289-90, Hkr 1991, II, 463-4 (ÓHHkr ch. 158); Fms 4, 371, Fms 12, 90, ÓH 1941, I, 451 (ch. 150), Flat 1860-8, II, 286; Fsk 1902-3, 167 (ch. 27), ÍF 29, 188 (ch. 32); ÓHLeg 1922, 61-2, ÓHLeg 1982, 148-9; SnE 1848-87, II, 98-9, TGT 1884, 13, 64, 164-5, TGT 1927, 42, TGT 1998, 104-5.


AM 36 folx (Kx) 416v, 11 - 416v, 18 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 200r, 32 - 200v, 6 (Hkr)  image  
Holm perg 2 4° (Holm2) 54r, 7 - 54r, 9 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  
Thott 972 folx (972x) 395va, 6 - 395va, 12 (ÓH)  image  image  
AM 75 a fol (75a) 42rb, 16 - 42rb, 16 (ÓH)  image  
AM 321 4°x (321x) 190, 22 - 190, 24 (ÓH)  transcr.  
AM 73 a folx (73ax) 164r, 22 - 164r, 22 (ÓH)  image  
AM 68 fol (68) 51v, 10 - 51v, 12 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 4 4° (Holm4) 48rb, 29 - 48rb, 33 (ÓH)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 113rb, 40 - 113va, 1 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 75 c fol (75c) 34r, 15 - 34r, 15 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 V 4° (325V) 61ra, 21 - 61ra, 26 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 VII 4° (325VII) 30v, 51 - 30v, 52 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 183rb, 11 - 183rb, 15 (ÓH)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 116ra, 7 - 116ra, 9 (ÓH)  image  image  image  
GKS 1008 fol (Tóm) 141v, 3 - 141v, 4 (ÓH)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 175, 11 - 175, 18 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 64v, 4 - 64v, 7 (Fsk)  
DG 8 (DG8) 92v, 28 - 92v, 31 (ÓHLeg)  transcr.  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 3v, 11 - 3v, 12 [1-2] (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 101, 3 - 101, 3 (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 2v, 1 - 2v, 2 (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  image  image  
AM 744 4°x (744x) 8r, 16 - 8r, 17 (TGT)  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 195r - 195r  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 196r - 196r [1-2]  image  
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