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Þorfinnr munnr (Þorf)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Diana Whaley;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

Skj info: Þórfinnr munnr, Islandsk skjald, d. 1030. (AI, 315, BI, 292).

Skj poems:
Lausavísur

Þorfinnr munnr ‘Mouth’ (Þorf) is numbered among the Icelandic hirðmenn ‘retainers’ of King Óláfr inn helgi Haraldsson (S. Óláfr) in one of the Articuli ‘extracts’ from Styrmir Kárason’s Lífssaga (Flat 1860-8, III, 244). Most of them are skalds, and Þorfinnr is said to be the brother of one Þórðr and to be skaalld mikit ‘a great poet’. The brothers came from northern Iceland, and fought and died at Stiklastaðir (Stiklestad, 1030). Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 261), as well as listing Þorfinnr under Óláfr helgi, also names him, in the U redaction (ibid., 266), as poet to Hákon jarl Sigurðarson (d. c. 995), but the existence of a variant, ‘Þorolfr munnr’, in the 761aˣ redaction (ibid., 256), together with the fact that a former retainer of Hákon who fought at Stiklastaðir would be well over fifty in 1030, leave it somewhat uncertain whether these are one and the same person.

Lausavísur — Þorf LvI

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þorfinnr munnr, Lausavísur’ 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. 845.

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Skj: Þórfinnr munnr: Lausavísur (AI, 315, BI, 292)

in texts: Flat, Hkr, ÓH, ÓHHkr, ÓHLeg, ÓHÆ

SkP info: I, 845

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1 Vol. 1. 50. Þorfinnr munnr, Lausavísur, 1 [Vol. 1, 845] — Þorf Lv 1I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Geisli stendr til grundar
gunnar, jarðir, munna
ofan fellr blóða á báðar
baugs, seiðs, en gramr reiðisk;
hristisk hjǫrr í brjósti
hringi grœnna lyngva,
en folkþorinn fylkir
ferr við steik at leika.

Skj: Þórfinnr munnr: Lausavísur 1 (AI, 315; BI, 292); dróttkvætt; ed. DW; group: A1; mss: DG8, Flat, NRA52; texts: Flat 967, ÓHLeg 29, ÓHÆ 2
 
2 Vol. 1. 50. Þorfinnr munnr, Lausavísur, 2 [Vol. 1, 847] — Þorf Lv 2I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Røkkr at regni miklu
randar garðs ens harða;
vill við vísa snjallan
Verdœla lið berjask;
verjum allvald ǫrvan,
ǫlum teitan mô sveita,
fellum Þrœndr í Þundar
(þess eggjumk vér) hreggi.

Skj: Þórfinnr munnr: Lausavísur 2 (AI, 315; BI, 292); dróttkvætt; ed. DW; group: A1; mss: 141x, 321x, 325V, 325VII, 61, 68, 73ax, 761bx, 972x, Bb, Bæb, DG8, Flat, Holm2, Holm4, J2x, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 598, ÓH 146(142), ÓHHkr 139, ÓHLeg 53
 
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