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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ǫlvir hnúfa (Ǫlv)

9th century; volume 1; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

III. Poem about Þórr (Þórr) - 1

Skj info: Ǫlvir hnúfa, Norsk skjald, 9. årh. (AI, 6, BI, 6).

Skj poems:
1. Af et digt om Tor(?)
2. Lausavísa

The little information we possess about Ǫlvir hnúfa ‘Snub-nose’ (?) (Ǫlv) comes from the following sources: from Egils saga (Eg, ÍF 2, 3-4 n.), where this ninth-century Norwegian skald is said to be the son of Berðlu-Kári, viking companion of Egill Skallagrímsson’s paternal grandfather, Kveldúlfr; from Gullþóris saga (GullÞ), alternatively known as Þorskfirðinga saga (ÍF 13, 226), and from Skálda saga Haralds konungs hárfagra (Skáld) in Hauksbók (Hb 1892-6, 445-55). Two fragments by Ǫlvir have survived: a lausavísa (Ǫlv Lv) from Skáld, edited below, and a couplet (Ǫlv ÞórrIII) from a poem probably about the god Þórr’s fight with the Miðgarðsormr ‘World Serpent’ in mss of SnE (1998, I, 15), edited in SkP III.

Poem about Þórr — Ǫlv ÞórrIII

Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Ǫlvir hnúfa, Poem about Þórr’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 491.

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Skj: Ǫlvir hnúfa: 1. Af et digt om Tor(?) (AI, 6, BI, 6); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: III, 491

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1 — Ǫlv Þórr 1III

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Ǫlvir hnúfa, Poem about Þórr 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 491.

Œstisk allra landa
umgjǫrð ok sonr Jarðar.

{Umgjǫrð allra landa} ok {sonr Jarðar} œstisk.

{The encircler of all lands} [= Miðgarðsormr] and {the son of Jǫrð <goddess>} [= Þórr] became violent.

texts: Skm 43, SnE 45

editions: Skj Ǫlvir hnúfa: 1. Af et digt om Tor(?) (AI, 6; BI, 6); Skald I, 4, NN §844A; SnE 1848-87, I, 254-5, II, 308, III, 15, SnE 1931, 95, SnE 1998, I, 15.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 21v, 32 - 21v, 33 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 22r, 21 - 22r, 21 (SnE)  transcr.  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 47, 8 - 47, 8 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 27v, 8 - 27v, 8 (SnE)  transcr.  image  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 74v, 2 - 74v, 3 (Skáldatal)  image  
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