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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, ‘ 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. <> (accessed 23 May 2022)

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

SkP info: I, 810

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

2 — Hár Lv 2I

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Cite as: Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Hárekr í Þjóttu, Lausavísur 2’ 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. 810.

Lætka Lundar ekkjur
(læbaugs) at því hlæja
(skjótum eik fyr útan
ey) né danskar meyjar,
Jǫrð, at eigi þørðak,
ifla flausts, í hausti
á flatslóðir Fróða
fara aptr Vali krapta.

Lætka ekkjur Lundar né danskar meyjar hlæja at því — skjótum {eik {læbaugs}} fyr útan ey —, {Jǫrð {flausts ifla}}, at eigi þørðak í hausti fara {Vali krapta} aptr á {flatslóðir Fróða}.

I will not let the widows of Lund nor Danish maidens laugh about this — we speed {the oak {of the deceit-ring}} [SEA > SHIP] beyond the island —, {Jǫrð <goddess> {of the ship of the hawk}} [ARM > WOMAN], that I did not dare in the autumn to travel {in the Valr <horse> of the bollard} [SHIP] back over {the level tracks of Fróði <sea-king>} [SEA].

texts: Flat 547, Fsk 149, ÓH 109 (106), ÓHHkr 103 (II 103), ÓHLeg 40, ÓHÆ 8, Hkr 304 (II 103)

editions: Skj Hárekr Eyvindarson í Þjóttu: Lausavísur 2 (AI, 309; BI, 286); Skald I, 146, NN §1125; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 379, IV, 147-8, ÍF 27, 291, Hkr 1991, II, 464-5 (ÓHHkr ch. 158); Fms 4, 373, Fms 12, 90-1, ÓH 1941, I, 453 (ch. 150), Flat 1860-8, II, 287; Fsk 1902-3, 169 (ch. 27), ÍF 29, 189-90 (ch. 32); ÓHLeg 1922, 62, ÓHLeg 1982, 150-1.


AM 36 folx (Kx) 417v, 13 - 417v, 20 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 201r, 5 - 201r, 12 (Hkr)  image  
Holm perg 2 4° (Holm2) 54r, 27 - 54r, 29 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  
Thott 972 folx (972x) 397va, 11 - 397va, 18 (ÓH)  image  image  
AM 75 a fol (75a) 42vb, 14 - 42vb, 14 (ÓH)  image  
AM 321 4°x (321x) 191, 16 - 191, 18 (ÓH)  transcr.  
AM 73 a folx (73ax) 164v, 29 - 164v, 29 (ÓH)  image  
AM 68 fol (68) 51v, 28 - 51v, 28 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 4 4° (Holm4) 48va, 32 - 48va, 36 (ÓH)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 113va, 29 - 113va, 32 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 75 c fol (75c) 34v, 11 - 34v, 11 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 V 4° (325V) 61rb, 31 - 61va, 3 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 183va, 11 - 183va, 14 (ÓH)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 116ra, 38 - 116ra, 41 (ÓH)  image  image  image  
GKS 1008 fol (Tóm) 141v, 20 - 141v, 20 (ÓH)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 177, 6 - 177, 13 (Fsk)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 47v, 27 - 48r, 4 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 65r, 12 - 65r, 16 (Fsk)  image  
DG 8 (DG8) 93r, 16 - 93r, 18 (ÓHLeg)  transcr.  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 195r - 195r  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 43v, 18 - 43v, 25 (Fsk)  image  
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