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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HalldR Lv 1I

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Halldórr Rannveigarson, 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. 798.

Halldórr RannveigarsonLausavísa1

text and translation

Fyll horn, kona;         frák, at belldi
Ôleifr konungr         undri miklu,
þás sǫðlaði         sínum mági
bukk at ríða;         ber mér ok þér.

Fyll horn, kona; frák, at Ôleifr konungr belldi miklu undri, þás sǫðlaði mági sínum bukk at ríða; ber mér ok þér.
‘Fill the horn, woman; I have heard that King Óláfr performed a great wonder when he saddled a he-goat for his kinsman to ride; carry it to me and to you.

notes and context

As Halldórr rides out hunting with King Óláfr, he falls off his horse and is mocked by his companions. Then they return home, where the king’s mother Ásta plies them with drink and the stanzas are spoken. The king utters one stanza (Ólhelg Lv 1) calling on a woman to fill the drinking-horn and mocking Halldórr’s poor horsemanship – typical of someone from Sogn. Halldórr’s lausavísa is his riposte to this. Bæb adds that the friendship survived the verse exchange. The curtailed narrative in Flat omits the return home, so that the stanzas are uttered in the forest and their reference to a woman is unexplained.



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: Haldórr Rannveigarson, Lausavísa: AI, 199, BI, 190, Skald I, 100, NN §2218B; ÓH 1941, II, 742, 743, Flat 1860-8, II, 14.


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