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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ormr Barreyjarskáld (OBarr)

10th century; volume 3; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Skj info: Ormr Barreyjarskáld, Orknøsk(?) digter, sidste halvdel af 10. årh. (AI, 143, BI, 135).

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Ormr Barreyjarskáld (or Barreyjaskáld) ‘Poet of Barra’ (OBarr) (cf. ON Barrey, island in the Outer Hebrides) is known only from a single helmingr and a couplet preserved in mss of SnE (SnE 1998, I, 34, 37) and from a reference in Þorgils saga ok Hafliða to a saga about Ormr recited by a priest, Ingimundr, at a wedding at Reykjahólar in 1119 (Stu 1946, I, 27; Brown 1952, 18). This saga is there said to have included vísur margar ‘many verses’ and to have had a good flokkr towards the end. It is not certain when Ormr lived; Skj B places him in the second half of the tenth century, while Faulkes proposes the tenth or eleventh centuries (SnE 1998, II, 498). It has been suggested (e. g. Skj; SnE 1998, II, 498) that he may have come from Orkney, although his nickname indicates the Hebrides. Frag 1 may indicate that Ormr was a Christian. The form of the first element of his nickname is often given in mss of SnE in the genitive plural Barreyja-, but he has conventionally been referred to by the singular form Barreyjar- ‘of Barra’ (there is only one island of the name Barra in the Hebrides).

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