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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Lv 8II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Lausavísur 8’ 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, p. 173.

Þjóðólfr ArnórssonLausavísur

text and translation

Út stendr undan báti
ilfat; munt nú gilja?

{Ilfat} stendr út undan báti; munt nú gilja?
‘A sole-vessel [SHOE/FOOT] is sticking out from under the boat; are you seducing someone now?

notes and context

Still in Snegl, at the spring assembly of the Gulaþing, King Haraldr asks Halli how he is doing for women there. He answers with a couplet (SnH Lv 8). Some time later, when Haraldr is sailing north to Trondheim (Þrándheimr), Þjóðólfr and Sneglu-Halli are on cooking duty, but Halli is sea-sick and lies down under the ship’s boat. Þjóðólfr, carrying food, trips over his foot and speaks this st., which echoes Halli’s previous couplet. Halli responds with the insolent SnH Lv 9.


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 17: AI, 381, BI, 351, Skald I, 176, NN §2983; ÍF 9, 293 (Snegl ch. 10), Flat 1860-8, III, 427 (MH).


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