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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 27 September 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, 420

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10 — ÚlfrU Húsdr 10III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Úlfr Uggason, Húsdrápa 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. 420.

Þar hykk sigrunni svinnum
sylgs valkyrjur fylgja
heilags tafns ok hrafna.
Hlaut innan svá minnum.

Þar hykk valkyrjur ok hrafna fylgja {svinnum sigrunni} sylgs heilags tafns. Hlaut svá innan minnum.

There I believe valkyries and ravens follow {the wise victory-tree} [WARRIOR = Óðinn] to the drink of the holy sacrifice. Thus [the hall] received [decoration] inside with memorable pictures.

texts: Skm 14, SnE 16

editions: Skj Ulfr Uggason: 1. Húsdrápa 9 (AI, 138; BI, 129); Skald I, 72, NN §§1891, 2754; SnE 1848-87, I, 238-9, II, 519, III, 6-7, SnE 1931, 90, SnE 1998, I, 9.

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GKS 2367 4° (R) 21r, 9 - 21r, 10 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 21v, 8 - 21v, 9 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 45, 21 - 45, 22 (SnE)  image  image  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 4r, 14 - 4r, 15 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
AM 761 a 4°x (761ax) 71r, 7 - 71r, 10 (Skáldatal)  image  
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