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Snæbjǫrn (Snæbj)

11th century; volume 3; ed. Edith Marold;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

The identity of the skald Snæbjǫrn (Snæbj), to whom SnE attributes one stanza and one helmingr, is uncertain. He is not mentioned in Skáldatal, nor can he be identified as one of the three Snæbjǫrns who appear in Ldn (Snæbjǫrn Eyvindarson, Snæbjǫrn galti ‘Boar’ from Vestfirðir and Snæbjǫrn Hafnar-Ormsson). SnE does not give his patronymic. He was first assumed to be Snæbjǫrn galti (Bugge 1886, 337; Gollancz 1898, xvii) who discovered Gunnbjarnarsker and was killed there (Ldn, ÍF 1, 190-5). Finnur Jónsson (1898, 133; LH I, 520) rightly opposed this view. Ohlmarks (1958, 167-71) identified him as Snæbjǫrn Hafnar-Ormsson (Ldn, ÍF 1, 61), whom he took to be the grandson of Snæbjǫrn galti. Ohlmark’s reason for doing so was that Snæbjǫrn Hafnar-Ormsson’s adulthood (c. 1000-30) coincided with the period to which Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) assigned the stanzas.

Lausavísur — Snæbj LvIII

Edith Marold with the assistance of Vivian Busch, Jana Krüger, Ann-Dörte Kyas and Katharina Seidel, translated from German by John Foulks 2017, ‘ Snæbjǫrn, Lausavísur’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 376. <> (accessed 4 July 2022)

stanzas:  1   2 

Skj: Snæbjǫrn: Lausavísur, o. 1010-20 (AI, 211, BI, 201)

SkP info: III, 377

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1 — Snæbj Lv 1III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Snæbjǫrn, Lausavísur 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. 377.

Hvatt kveða hrœra Grotta
hergrimmastan skerja
út fyr jarðar skauti
eylúðrs níu brúðir,
þær, es (lungs) fyr lǫngu
líðmeldr (skipa hlíðar
baugskerðir rístr barði
ból) Amlóða mólu.

Kveða níu brúðir {eylúðrs} hrœra hvatt {hergrimmastan Grotta skerja} út fyr skauti jarðar, þær, es fyr lǫngu mólu {líðmeldr Amlóða}; {baugskerðir} rístr {ból {hlíðar skipa}} barði lungs.

They say the nine women {of the island-mill-box} [SEA = Ægir] quickly stir {the most man-hostile Grotti <hand-mill> of the skerries} [SEA] beyond the corner of the earth, they, who long ago ground {the ale-flour of Amlóði <legendary hero>} [SAND]; {the ring-diminisher} [GENEROUS MAN] carves {the dwelling {of the hillside of ships}} [WAVE > SEA] with the prow of the longship.

texts: Skm 134, SnE 136

editions: Skj Snæbjǫrn: Lausavísur 1 (AI, 211; BI, 201); Skald I, 105, NN §§572, 573, 1791, 3221; SnE 1848-87, I, 328-9, II, 317, 530, III, 53-4, SnE 1931, 117, SnE 1998, I, 38.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 26v, 17 - 26v, 19 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 27v, 7 - 27v, 7 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 57, 21 - 57, 23 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 29v, 27 - 30r, 2 (SnE)  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 5r, 39 - 5r, 41 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 354r, 2 - 354r, 9  image  
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