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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Lv 7II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Lausavísur 7’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 172-3.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonLausavísur

text and translation

Haddan skall, en Halli
hlaut offylli grautar;
hornspônu kveðk hônum
hlýða betr an prýði.

Haddan skall, en Halli hlaut offylli grautar; kveðk hornspônu hlýða hônum betr an prýði.
‘The pot-handle clattered, and Halli got more than his fill of porridge; I declare that a horn spoon suits him better than finery.

notes and context

Later in Snegl, Halli demeans himself by leaving the court to guzzle gruel. Reproached by the king, he throws the pot down, and a st. is immediately recited, by Halli himself in Mork and H-Hr, but by Þjóðólfr in Flat (see Introduction).


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: Þjóðolfr Arnórsson, 4. Lausavísur 16: AI, 380-1, BI, 350, Skald I, 176; ÍF 9, 273 (Snegl ch. 4), Mork 1928-32, 238, Andersson and Gade 2000, 246, 479 (MH); Fms 6, 364 (HSig ch. 102); Flat 1860-8, III, 419 (MH).


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