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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bárðr Lv 1I

Kate Heslop (ed.) 2012, ‘Bárðr á Upplǫndum, Lausavísa 1’ 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. 442.

Bárðr á UpplǫndumLausavísa1

text and translation

Hugðak hitt, at hefðak
harðhendit þat stundum,
at skalpgrana skozkum
skyldak einn of halda.

Hugðak hitt, at hefðak harðhendit þat stundum, at skyldak einn of halda skozkum skalpgrana.
‘I would have thought that I’d manhandled such a thing [lit. that] at times, so that I ought to be able to hang on to a nimble sheath-mouth by myself.

notes and context

Bárðr refuses to visit King Óláfr Tryggvason in Niðaróss (Trondheim) or accept the Christian faith, and neither of the parties sent by Óláfr to fetch him has returned. The Icelander Þorvaldr tasaldi and his companion Sigurðr offer to go to meet him. Bárðr, sitting on his high-seat, is a formidable figure. He responds to their threats of forcible removal with this half-stanza.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Bárðr á Upplǫndum, Lausavísa: AI, 153, BI, 145, Skald I, 79, NN §166; ÍF 9, 122-3, ÓT 1958-2000, II, 97 (ch. 201), Flat 1860-8, I, 381 (ÞorvT).


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