Þorvaldr Hjaltason (ÞHjalt)
10th century; volume 1; ed. Diana Whaley;
Lausavísur (Lv) - 2
Little is known of this poet (ÞHjalt) beyond what is reported in the prose surrounding his two lausavísur (see Contexts below). Indeed, it is uncertain whether Þorvaldr was regarded as a poet, since Flat (1860-8, II, 73) adds after Lv 2 that he never composed before or since, so far as is known (a statement treated with scepticism by Finnur Jónsson, LH I, 543). A man of this name is recorded in Ldn (ÍF 1, 238, cf. also 282), where Þorvaldr and his brother Þórðr are the sons of Hjalti, the eponymous settler of Hjaltadalur (Skagafjörður, northern Iceland). They are depicted as impressive men and they feature in a number of sagas of Icelanders (Íslendingasögur), but it is not certain whether this Þorvaldr is the same as the poet (ÍF 1, 238 n. 2). The Þorvaldr in Ldn is not described as a skald, though the neighbourhood bred the poets Glúmr Geirason (Glúmr) and Oddr breiðfirðingr (ObreiðV), and Þorvaldr and Þórðr are the subject of Anon (Ldn) 4aIV.
Diana Whaley 2012, ‘ Þorvaldr Hjaltason, 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. 271. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1413> (accessed 24 May 2022)
Skj: Þórvaldr Hjaltason: Lausavísur, o. 985 (AI, 117, BI, 111)
SkP info: I, 271
1 — ÞHjalt Lv 1I
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| Flat ||Farit til fyris uallar folka tungls huerr er hungrar verdr at uirkis garde uestr kuelldridu hesta · þar hefir hreggdo᷎gguar ho᷎gguit holla | aust er þat solar elfar skíns firi ulfa æirikr j dyn geíra. || |
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