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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.

my abbr

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. <> (accessed 20 January 2022)

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, 419

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9 — ÚlfrU Húsdr 9III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Úlfr Uggason, Húsdrápa 9’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 419.

Ríðr at vilgi víðu
víðfrægr, en mér líða,
Hroptatýr, of hvápta
hróðrmôl, sonar báli.

Víðfrægr Hroptatýr ríðr at vilgi víðu báli sonar, en hróðrmôl líða of hvápta mér.

The widely renowned Hroptatýr <= Óðinn> rides to the immensely large pyre of his son, and praise-speeches flow through my mouth.

texts: LaufE 5 (330), Skm 8, SnE 10

editions: Skj Ulfr Uggason: 1. Húsdrápa 8 (AI, 137; BI, 129); Skald I, 72; SnE 1848-87, I, 234-5, II, 303, 518, III, 3, SnE 1931, 89, SnE 1998, I, 8; LaufE 1979, 330.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 20v, 34 - 20v, 36 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 21r, 33 - 21v, 2 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 45, 12 - 45, 13 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 26r, 21 - 26r, 22 (SnE)  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 4r, 8 - 4r, 9 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 2368 4°x (2368x) 81, 12 - 81, 14 (LaufE)  image  
AM 743 4°x (743x) 64v, 4 - 64v, 7 (LaufE)  image  image  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 71r, 2 - 71r, 5 (Skáldatal)  image  
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