Ǫlvir hnúfa (Ǫlv)
9th century; volume 1; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;
Lausavísa (Lv) - 1
III. Poem about Þórr (Þórr) - 1
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.
Margaret Clunies Ross 2012, ‘ Ǫlvir hnúfa, 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. 125. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1335> (accessed 26 September 2021)
Skj: Ǫlvir hnúfa: 2. Lausavísa (AI, 6, BI, 6); stanzas (if different): [v]
SkP info: I, 126
1 — Ǫlv Lv 1I
The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).
Lǫgðis hefr of lagða
laug Frigg dáin augna
skjall valldaðar skállda
skíðgarðr saman hvarma;
ok bandvaniðr blundar
bekkjar hjǫrtr í rekkju
því hefk fyr Gnô fýris
fjón golf dáinn sjónum.
editions: Skj Ǫlvir hnúfa: 2. Lausavísa (AI, 6; BI, 6); Skald I, 4, NN §§2210B, 2985C; Hb 1892-6, 447, Fms 3, n. p., Fms 3, 69 (Skáld); SnE 1848-87, III, 415.