Bárðr á Upplǫndum — BárðrIskalds
Vol. 1, 441 — — ed. Kate Heslop
Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Biography of) Bárðr á Upplǫndum’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 441.
Nothing is known of Bárðr á Upplǫndum
‘of Opplandene’ or Bárðr digri ‘the Stout’ beyond what is told in Þorvalds þáttr tasalda
, ÍF 9
, 119-26), which is embedded in ÓT
. According to the þáttr
, Bárðr is a rich elderly farmer who lives with his daughter at Úlfarsdalir or Úlfsdalir in Upplǫnd (Opplandene in central Norway). He is a ‘noble heathen’ who trusts only in his own might and main (mátt minn ok megin
, ÓT 1958-2000
, II, 100
; cf. Lönnroth 1969
). The single helmingr
which follows is the only verse composition credited to Bárðr, and its authenticity has been doubted (see below).
- ÍF 9 = Eyfirðinga sǫgur. Ed. Jónas Kristjánsson. 1956.
- ÓT 1958-2000 = Ólafur Halldórsson, ed. 1958-2000. Saga Óláfs Tryggvasonar en mesta. 3 vols. EA A 1-3. Copenhagen: Munksgaard (Reitzel).
- Lönnroth, Lars. 1969. ‘The Noble Heathen: A Theme in the Sagas’. SS 41, 1-29. Rpt. with postscript in Lönnroth 2011, 45-74.
- Internal references
- Diana Whaley 2012, ‘The Greatest Saga of Óláfr Tryggvason / Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar in mesta (ÓT)’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. clxiii-clxvi.
- Not published: do not cite (ÞorvTI)
Bárðr á Upplǫndum (Bárðr)
Skj AI, 153; BI, 145
main editor: Kate Heslop