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Úlfr stallari Óspaksson (Úlfr)
Skj info: Ulfr stallari, Islænder, d. 1066. (AI, 403, BI, 372).
See ‘Biographies of Other Dignitaries’ in Introduction to this volume.
Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300 > 8. Introduction > 5. Biographies > 2. Biographies of Other Dignitaries > g. Úlfr stallari Óspaksson (Úlfr)Sagas: HSig, MH (Ágr, Fsk, Flat, H-Hr, Hkr, Mork).
Úlfr stallari ‘Marshal’ Óspaksson (Úlfr) was the grandson of the Icelander Ósvífr inn spaki ‘the Wise’ (see ÍF 1, 123, 182-5; Genealogy IV in ÍF 5; ÍF 28, 120; Hollander 1991, 608). He came from a prominent family of poets, among them Einarr skálaglamm (EskálI), Stúfr inn blindi (Stúfr) and Steinn Herdísarson (Steinn), and he was the great-grandfather of Archbishop Eysteinn Erlendsson of Nidaros (1161-88). Úlfr served with Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson in Byzantium, and later Haraldr appointed him his marshal (stallari). He died in the spring of 1066 before Haraldr embarked on his expedition to England. See Ágr (ÍF 29, 36; Ágr 1995, 52-3), Mork (Mork 1928-32, 55-6, 74, 80-2, 170-1, 207-9, 265; Andersson and Gade 2000, 129, 142, 145-6, 204, 227-8, 263), Fsk (ÍF 29, 235, 262, 264-6, 276; Finlay 2004, 189, 209, 211-12, 220), Hkr (ÍF 28, 79, 86, 119-20, 147, 175; Hollander 1991, 583, 588, 608, 626, 645), H-Hr (Fms 6, 164-6, 266, 313-15, 401), Flat (Flat 1860-8, III, 287-8, 301, 304-5, 344, 361-2, 388).
Events documented in poetry: Úlfr’s participation in the battle of the Nissan in 1062 (Steinn Úlfﬂ); his comment on the strength of the English army before Haraldr embarked on his campaign in 1066 (Úlfr Lv).
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