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Úlfr Uggason (ÚlfrU)

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

V. Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

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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Lausavísa — ÚlfrU LvV (Nj)

R. D. Fulk (forthcoming), ‘ Úlfr Uggason, Lausavísa’ in Tarrin Wills, Kari Ellen Gade and Margaret Clunies Ross (eds), Poetry in Sagas of Icelanders. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 5. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 22 September 2021)

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Ulfr Uggason: 2. Lausavísa, 999 (AI, 138-9, BI, 130); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Flat, Kristni, Nj, ÓT

This edition is currently in preparation and will be published in a forthcoming volume of the series. The text below is from a superseded edition (Skj where relevant).

1 Vol. 5. Njáls saga 38 (Úlfr Uggason, Lausavísa, 1) — ÚlfrU Lv 1V (Nj 38)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Tekkak, sunds, þótt sendi
sannreynir boð, tanna
hvarfs við hleypiskarfi,
Hárbarðs véa fjarðar;
esat ráfáka rœkir,
(rǫng eru môl á gangi),
sék við miklu meini,
mínligt, flugu at gína.

Skj: Ulfr Uggason: 2. Lausavísa (AI, 138; BI, 130); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 1003, 105x, 136x, 137x, 162B ε, 162B ι, 2868, 2870, 466, 468, 469x, 470x, 53, 54, 555cx, 61, 62, 761bx, Bb, Flat, M; texts: Flat 301, Kristni 5, Nj 38(8), ÓT 132
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