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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorfinnr munnr (Þorf)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Diana Whaley;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

Skj info: Þórfinnr munnr, Islandsk skjald, d. 1030. (AI, 315, BI, 292).

Skj poems:

Þorfinnr munnr ‘Mouth’ (Þorf) is numbered among the Icelandic hirðmenn ‘retainers’ of King Óláfr inn helgi Haraldsson (S. Óláfr) in one of the Articuli ‘extracts’ from Styrmir Kárason’s Lífssaga (Flat 1860-8, III, 244). Most of them are skalds, and Þorfinnr is said to be the brother of one Þórðr and to be skaalld mikit ‘a great poet’. The brothers came from northern Iceland, and fought and died at Stiklastaðir (Stiklestad, 1030). Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 261), as well as listing Þorfinnr under Óláfr helgi, also names him, in the U redaction (ibid., 266), as poet to Hákon jarl Sigurðarson (d. c. 995), but the existence of a variant, ‘Þorolfr munnr’, in the 761aˣ redaction (ibid., 256), together with the fact that a former retainer of Hákon who fought at Stiklastaðir would be well over fifty in 1030, leave it somewhat uncertain whether these are one and the same person.

Lausavísur — Þorf LvI

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘ Þorfinnr munnr, 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. 845. <> (accessed 8 December 2021)

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Skj: Þórfinnr munnr: Lausavísur (AI, 315, BI, 292)

SkP info: I, 847

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

2 — Þorf Lv 2I

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


Cite as: Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorfinnr munnr, Lausavísur 2’ 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. 847.

Røkkr at regni miklu
randar garðs ins harða;
vill við vísa snjallan
Verdœla lið berjask.
Verjum allvald ǫrvan;
ǫlum teitan mô sveita;
fellum Þrœndr í Þundar
— þess eggjumk vér — hreggi.

Røkkr at {miklu regni {ins harða garðs randar}}; lið Verdœla vill berjask við snjallan vísa. Verjum ǫrvan allvald; ǫlum {teitan mô sveita}; fellum Þrœndr í {hreggi Þundar}; vér eggjumk þess.

It grows dim approaching {the great downpour {of the tough enclosure of the shield-rim}} [SHIELD > BATTLE]; the force of the Verdœlir wants to fight against the valiant prince [Óláfr]. Let us defend the generous mighty ruler; let us feed {the cheerful gull of gore} [RAVEN/EAGLE]; let us fell the Þrœndr in {the storm of Þundr <= Óðinn>} [BATTLE]; we are urging this.

texts: Flat 598, ÓH 146 (142), ÓHHkr 139 (II 139), ÓHLeg 53, Hkr 340 (II 139)

editions: Skj Þórfinnr munnr: Lausavísur 2 (AI, 315; BI, 292); Skald I, 149, NN §2015; ÓHLeg 1922, 81, ÓHLeg 1982, 188-9; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 460-1, IV, 163, ÍF 27, 359, Hkr 1991, II, 514-15 (ÓHHkr ch. 206); Fms 5, 57-8, Fms 12, 98, ÓH 1941, I, 545 (ch. 203), Flat 1860-8, II, 341.


AM 36 folx (Kx) 457r, 22 - 457v, 1 (Hkr)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 2 4° (Holm2) 64v, 17 - 64v, 19 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  
Thott 972 folx (972x) 493va, 30 - 494va, 2 (ÓH)  image  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 219v, 4 - 219v, 11 (ÓH)  image  
AM 321 4°x (321x) 245, 27 - 246, 3 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  
AM 73 b fol (Bæb) 4ra, 27 - 4ra, 27 (ÓH)  image  image  
AM 73 a folx (73ax) 194v, 4 - 194v, 4 (ÓH)  image  
AM 68 fol (68) 63v, 38 - 63v, 38 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 4 4° (Holm4) 59va, 14 - 59va, 18 (ÓH)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 122rb, 33 - 122rb, 36 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 325 V 4° (325V) 78ra, 15 - 78ra, 20 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 VII 4° (325VII) 35v, 23 - 35v, 25 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 195va, 23 - 195va, 27 (ÓH)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 122vb, 60 - 123ra, 2 (ÓH)  image  image  image  
GKS 1008 fol (Tóm) 152v, 36 - 152v, 36 (ÓH)  image  
DG 8 (DG8) 99v, 22 - 99v, 25 (ÓHLeg)  transcr.  image  
AM 141 folx (141x) 51v, 18 - 51v, 25 (Fbr)  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 547r, 11 - 547r, 18  image  
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