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Lausavísa — Svtjúg LvI

Sveinn tjúguskegg Haraldsson

Matthew Townend 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Sveinn tjúguskegg Haraldsson, Lausavísa’ 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. 379.

 

This stanza (Svtjúg Lv) is the only one attributed to the Danish king, and the likelihood of it being genuinely his work must be negligible, both on circumstantial grounds and on stylistic ones (see Note to l. 8 léons, and cf. Note to ll. 5-6, interpretation (c)). It is preserved in Þorleifs þáttr jarlaskálds (ÞorlJ), found only in Flat (ms. Flat; for versions in derivatives of this ms. see ÞorlJ 1987). The story tells how the Icelandic poet Þorleifr jarlsskáld Rauðfeldarson (Þjsk) takes revenge in the form of poetic abuse (níð) on Hákon jarl Sigurðarson for burning his ship and killing his ship-mates; see further skald Biography of Þorleifr and Context to his Jarlsníð (Þjsk Jarl). Þorleifr is supported in his revenge by King Sveinn, to whose court he returns after successfully outwitting Hákon. Impressed by this, Sveinn bestows on him the ironic nickname of jarlsskáld ‘jarl’s poet’ and speaks this stanza. 

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. ÞorlJ 1987 = Österholm, Nils. 1987. Þorleifs þáttr jarlaskálds: Handskriftsstudier i en isländsk kortsaga. Nordiska Texter och Undersökningar 26. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell.
  3. Internal references
  4. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘Flateyjarbók (Flat)’ 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. clxi-clxii.
  5. Not published: do not cite (ÞorlJI)
  6. Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Biography of) Þorleifr jarlsskáld Rauðfeldarson’ 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. 367.
  7. Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þorleifr jarlsskáld Rauðfeldarson, Jarlsníð’ 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. 372.
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