Atli litli (Atli)
11th century; volume 3; ed. R. D. Fulk;
Poem about Óláfr kyrri (Ól) - 1
The nickname litli ‘the Short’ is given in Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 275), where Atli (Atli) is identified as a skald of King Óláfr kyrri ‘the Quiet’ Haraldsson (r. 1067-93; see SkP II, lxxxviii-lxxxix); hence the assumption that the present helmingr is about Óláfr. Nothing further is known of Atli or his poetry.
Poem about Óláfr kyrri —
R. D. Fulk 2017, ‘ Atli litli, Poem about Óláfr kyrri’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 16. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1111> (accessed 18 January 2022)
Skj: Atli lítli: Et digt om kong Olaf kyrre, o. 1070 (AI, 413, BI, 383); stanzas (if different): [v]
in texts: Skm, SnE
SkP info: III, 16
The helmingr (Atli Ól) is found in several mss of Skm (SnE), including R (main ms.), Tˣ, U (ll. 1-2 only), A, B, 744ˣ (which supplies defective readings in B) and C. Aside from B (in which the attribution is illegible), the poem is assigned to Atli in all mss except 744ˣ, where it is said to be by Skúli (presumably Þorsteinsson).