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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Úlfr stallari Óspaksson (Úlfr)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Ulfr stallari, Islænder, d. 1066. (AI, 403, BI, 372).

Skj poems:
En lausavísa

See ‘Biographies of Other Dignitaries’ in Introduction to this volume.

Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300 > 8. Introduction > 5. Biographies > 2. Biographies of Other Dignitaries > g. Úlfr stallari Óspaksson (Úlfr)

Sagas: HSig, MH (Ágr, Fsk, Flat, H-Hr, Hkr, Mork).

Úlfr stallari ‘Marshal’ Óspaksson (Úlfr) was the grandson of the Icelander Ósvífr inn spaki ‘the Wise’ (see ÍF 1, 123, 182-5; Genealogy IV in ÍF 5; ÍF 28, 120; Hollander 1991, 608). He came from a prominent family of poets, among them Einarr skálaglamm (EskálI), Stúfr inn blindi (Stúfr) and Steinn Herdísarson (Steinn), and he was the great-grandfather of Archbishop Eysteinn Erlendsson of Nidaros (1161-88). Úlfr served with Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson in Byzantium, and later Haraldr appointed him his marshal (stallari). He died in the spring of 1066 before Haraldr embarked on his expedition to England. See Ágr (ÍF 29, 36; Ágr 1995, 52-3), Mork (Mork 1928-32, 55-6, 74, 80-2, 170-1, 207-9, 265; Andersson and Gade 2000, 129, 142, 145-6, 204, 227-8, 263), Fsk (ÍF 29, 235, 262, 264-6, 276; Finlay 2004, 189, 209, 211-12, 220), Hkr (ÍF 28, 79, 86, 119-20, 147, 175; Hollander 1991, 583, 588, 608, 626, 645), H-Hr (Fms 6, 164-6, 266, 313-15, 401), Flat (Flat 1860-8, III, 287-8, 301, 304-5, 344, 361-2, 388).

Events documented in poetry: Úlfr’s participation in the battle of the Nissan in 1062 (Steinn Úlffl); his comment on the strength of the English army before Haraldr embarked on his campaign in 1066 (Úlfr Lv).

Lausavísa — Úlfr LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Úlfr stallari Óspaksson, Lausavísa’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 348-9. <> (accessed 23 October 2021)


Skj: Ulfr stallari: En lausavísa, 1066 (AI, 403, BI, 372); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: II, 348-9

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1 — Úlfr Lv 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Úlfr stallari Óspaksson, Lausavísa 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 348-9.

Esa stǫllurum stillis
stafnrúm Haralds jafnan
— ónauðigr fekk auðar —
innan þǫrf at hvarfa,
ef, hǫrbrekka, hrøkkva,
hrein, skulum tveir fyr einum
(ungr kenndak mér) undan,
(annat) þingamanni.

Esa þǫrf stǫllurum stillis at hvarfa jafnan innan stafnrúm Haralds—fekk auðar ónauðigr—, ef, {hrein hǫrbrekka}, skulum hrøkkva undan tveir fyr einum þingamanni; ungr kenndak mér annat.

There is no need for the lord’s marshals always to idle inside Haraldr’s prow-area—I acquired wealth without coercion—, if, {pure flax-slope} [WOMAN], we must flee two before one þingamaðr; as a youth, I got accustomed to something else.

texts: Flat 1080, H-Hr 199, HSig 74 (III 149), MH 111, Mork 79, Hkr 528 (III 149)

editions: Skj Ulfr stallari: En lausavísa (AI, 403; BI, 372); Skald I, 185, NN §806; ÍF 28, 175 (HSig ch. 79), F 1871, 242, E 1916, 90; Fms 6, 401 (HSig ch. 113); Mork 1867, 111, Mork 1928-32, 265, Andersson and Gade 2000, 263, 480 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 388 (MH).


AM 63 folx (Kx) 575r, 8 - 575r, 15 (Hkr)  image  
Holm papp 18 folx (papp18x) 267v - 267v (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 30rb, 34 - 30rb, 34 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 51vb, 16 - 51vb, 19 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 25v, 10 - 25v, 12 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 292v, 12 - 292v, 19 (Hkr)  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 73r, 1 - 73r, 1 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 52rb, 15 - 52rb, 15 (H-Hr)  image  
GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 18v, 12 - 18v, 12 (Mork)  image  image  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 203rb, 44 - 203rb, 46 (Flat)  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 397r, 2 - 397r, 9  image  
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