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Þjóðólfr ór Hvini (Þjóð)

9th century; volume 1; ed. Edith Marold;

III. 1. Haustlǫng (Haustl) - 20

Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, or inn hvinverski, ‘from Hvinir’ (Þjóð) was a Norwegian skald of the late ninth or early tenth century. As his nickname indicates, he was from Hvinir (Kvinesdal, Vest-Agder). His biography is largely unknown. Skáldatal names him as poet to several rulers and powerful men: Haraldr hárfagri ‘Fair-hair’ and Rǫgnvaldr heiðumhár or heiðumhæri ‘High with Honours’ (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 261, 273), Hákon jarl Grjótgarðsson (ibid., 256, 265, 280), Þorleifr inn spaki ‘the Wise’ (ibid., 259, 268, 285), Strút-Haraldr jarl (ibid., 259, 284) and an unknown Sveinn jarl (ibid., 268). However, the associations with Hákon, Strút-Haraldr and Þorleifr are uncertain since they may have lived later in the tenth century; see Bugge (1894, 145, 175); Åkerlund (1939, 7). In Hkr, both within the Prologue (ÍF 26, 4) and in HHárf (ÍF 26, 127-8, 139), Þjóðólfr is represented as skald and friend to Haraldr hárfagri and as a dedicated foster-father to Haraldr’s son Guðrøðr ljómi ‘Beam of Light’. It is in this context that he speaks the two lausavísur associated with him (Þjóð Lv 1-2). Þjóðólfr ór Hvini is the composer of the poems Ynglingatal (Þjóð Yt) and Haustlǫng (Þjóð HaustlIII, edited in SkP III). Five stanzas of a poem dedicated to Haraldr hárfagri (Þjóð Har) are also attributed to him. Several stanzas of Haraldskvæði (Þhorn Harkv) are falsely attributed to Þjóðólfr; see Introduction to Harkv. Finally, a fragment (Þjóðólfr FragIII) edited in SkP III is likely to be the work of a different Þjóðólfr, though it is tentatively associated with Þjóð Yt in Skj; see Introduction to Yt.

Haustlǫng — Þjóð HaustlIII

Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Haustlǫng’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 431.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20 

Skj: Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, enn hvinverski: 2. Haustlǫng (AI, 16-20, BI, 14-18)

SkP info: III, 446

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10 — Þjóð Haustl 10III

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Cite as: Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Haustlǫng 10’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 446.

Urðut bjartra borða
byggvendr at þat hryggvir:
þá vas Ið- með jǫtnum
-unnr komin sunnan.
Gerðusk allar áttir
Ingvi-Freys at þingi
(váru heldr) ok hárar
(hamljót regin) gamlar,


{The inhabitants of the bright hillsides} [GIANTS] were not sad after that: then Iðunn was among the giants, newly arrived from the south. {All the kin of Ingvi-Freyr} [GODS] became old and grey at the assemblythe divine powers were quite ugly of form –,

context: As for st. 1.

notes: The prose narrative of Skm (SnE 1998, I, 1-2) tells that, after the trio of gods had returned to Ásgarðr, at an appointed time, Loki lured Iðunn into a forest outside Ásgarðr, and there Þjazi, once again in eagle form, snatched her up and abducted her to his home in Þrymheimr. The gods soon began to show signs of the absence of her youth-preserving apples, and became grey and old (hárir ok gamlir, cf. ll. 7, 8). They held an assembly (þing) to discover who had last seen Iðunn. — [5-6, 7, 8]: The main clause in these lines (which is punctuated by an intercalary in ll. 7, 8) is unusually completed in the following stanza, by the unz ‘until’ clause of st. 11/1-4. The punctuation of these two helmingar indicates the continuity of sense between them.

texts: Skm 102, SnE 104

editions: Skj Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, enn hvinverski: 2. Haustlǫng 10 (AI, 18; BI, 16); Skald I, 10, NN §§2504, 3039; SnE 1848-87, I, 312-13, III, 45, SnE 1931, 112, SnE 1998, I, 32.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 25v, 24 - 25v, 26 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 26v, 3 - 26v, 5 (SnE)  transcr.  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 55, 30 - 55, 32 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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