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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÚlfrU Húsdr 5III

Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Úlfr Uggason, Húsdrápa 5’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 414.

Úlfr UggasonHúsdrápa

text and translation

Þjokkvǫxnum kvað þykkja
þikling firin*mikla
hafra njótr at hǫfgum
hætting megindrætti.

{Njótr hafra} kvað þjokkvǫxnum þikling þykkja firin*mikla hætting at hǫfgum megindrætti.
‘The user of goats [= Þórr] said that it seemed a very great danger to the heavy-set fat one from the weighty powerful pull.

notes and context

The helmingr is listed in Skm (SnE) among examples of Þórr-kennings.

This stanza is attributed to Úlfr Uggason in ms. U and to Bragi Boddason in mss R, W. Mogk (1880, 324) regards the correct use of hendingar as evidence of Úlfr Uggason’s authorship.



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: Ulfr Uggason, 1. Húsdrápa 3: AI, 137, BI, 128, Skald I, 71; SnE 1848-87, I, 258-9, II, 309, III, 18, SnE 1931, 96, SnE 1998, I, 16-17.


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