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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Lv 2I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Lausavísur 2’ 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. 65.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniLausavísur

text and translation

Fariða ér, áðr fleyja
flatvǫllr heðan batnar,
— verpr Geitis vegr grjóti —
Górøðr, of sæ stóran.
Vindbýsna skalt, vísi
víðfrægr, heðan bíða;
vesið með oss, unz verði
veðr; nús brim fyr Jaðri.

Fariða ér, Górøðr, of stóran sæ, áðr {flatvǫllr fleyja} batnar heðan; {vegr Geitis} verpr grjóti. Víðfrægr vísi, skalt bíða vindbýsna heðan; vesið með oss, unz verði veðr; nús brim fyr Jaðri.
‘Do not go, Guðrøðr, over the swollen sea before the flat plain of ships [SEA] improves after this; the road of Geitir <sea-king> [SEA PATH] flings stones. Far-renowned leader, you must wait out the wind-portents [storm] here; remain with us until there is favourable weather; now there is surf off Jæren.

notes and context

Þjóðólfr warns his foster-son Guðrøðr ljómi ‘Beam of light’ to delay a voyage from Hvinir (Kvine) to Rogaland till the present storms have passed. The prose following the stanza adds that Guðrøðr sets out all the same, and he and his men perish off Jaðarr (Jæren).



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: Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, enn hvinverski, 4. Lausavísur 2: AI, 21, BI, 19, Skald I, 12, NN §§143, 1814E, 2817 anm.; Hkr 1777-1826, I, 115, VI, 21, Hkr 1868, 75, Hkr 1893-1901, I, 150-1, IV, 42-3, ÍF 26, 139, Hkr 1991, 87 (HHárf), F 1871, 59.


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