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Úlfr Uggason (ÚlfrU)

10th century; volume 3; ed. Edith Marold;

Húsdrápa (Húsdr) - 12

The skald Úlfr Uggason (ÚlfrU) lived around the year 1000 in Western Iceland. Little is known about his life. According to Ldn (S 76, H 64, ÍF 1, 111) he was married to Járngerðr, the daughter of Þórarinn Grímkelsson. Njáls saga (ch. 60, ÍF 12, 152) mentions his losing a lawsuit against Ásgrímr Elliða-Grímsson. The episode told in Njáls saga (ch. 102, ÍF 12, 261-4) about Úlfr refusing a request by Þorvaldr veili ‘the Miserable’ to use force against the missionary Þangbrandr, portrays him as a cautious man. That request and Úlfr’s dismissal of it are recounted there in two lausavísur (Þveil LvV, ÚlfrU LvV; see also Kristni saga ch. 9, ÍF 15, 2, 20-1). According to Laxdœla saga (ch. 29, ÍF 5, 79-80), he must have been on good terms with Óláfr pái ‘Peacock’ and his family, for whom he composed Húsdrápa ‘House-drápa’ (c. 980), a poem celebrating the myths depicted in images within their hall at Hjarðarholt.

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Húsdrápa — ÚlfrU HúsdrIII

Edith Marold with the assistance of Vivian Busch, Jana Krüger, Ann-Dörte Kyas and Katharina Seidel, translated from German by John Foulks 2017, ‘ Úlfr Uggason, Húsdrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 402. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1492> (accessed 23 October 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12 

Skj: Ulfr Uggason: 1. Húsdrápa, 983 (AI, 136-8, BI, 128-30); stanzas (if different): 3 | 4 | 5 | 8 | 9 | 10

SkP info: III, 412

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3 — ÚlfrU Húsdr 3III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Úlfr Uggason, Húsdrápa 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 412.

Innmáni skein ennis
ǫndótts vinar banda;
ôss skaut œgigeislum
orðsæll á men storðar.

{Innmáni ennis} {ǫndótts vinar banda} skein; orðsæll ôss skaut œgigeislum á {men storðar}.

{The interior-moon of the forehead} [EYE] {of the hostile friend of the gods} [= Þórr] shone; the praise-blessed god shot terror-beams at {the necklace of the earth} [= Miðgarðsormr].

texts: LaufE 66 (276n) [1-1], LaufE 65 (355) [1-1], SnEW 18, SnE 724

editions: Skj Ulfr Uggason: 1. Húsdrápa 4 (AI, 137; BI, 128); Skald I, 71; SnE 1848-87, II, 499, III, 180-1; LaufE 1979, 276, 355.

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AM 242 fol (W) 169, 16 - 169, 17 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
GKS 2368 4°x (2368x) 97, 7 - 97, 7 [1-1] (LaufE)  transcr.  image  
AM 743 4°x (743x) 76r, 15 - 76r, 15 [1-1] (LaufE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 164 8°x (164x) - (LaufE)  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 72r, 11 - 72r, 14 (Skáldatal)  image  
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