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Lausavísa — Bárðr LvI

Bárðr á Upplǫndum

Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Bárðr á Upplǫndum, Lausavísa’ 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. 442.

 

This helmingr (Bárðr Lv) is preserved only in ÞorvT in ÓT, in the mss listed below; the 325VIII 2a text is seriously incomplete because of a cut down the left side of the leaf. The þáttr chronology would place the composition in the summer of 998 AD, when Þorvaldr tasaldi (whose nickname is of uncertain meaning) visits Bárðr on behalf of King Óláfr Tryggvason, and persuades him, after a series of physical and verbal altercations, to accept Christian baptism. Some features of the helmingr, however, suggest it may have been composed long afterwards (see the Notes), perhaps contemporaneously with the þáttr, which is conventionally dated to the late thirteenth century (Würth 1993, 677). The helmingr is in the simple munnvǫrp ‘mouth-throwings, improvisations’ metre, with skothending rather than aðalhending in the even lines, and no rhyme at all in odd lines (cf. SnSt Ht 66III).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Würth, Stefanie. 1993. ‘Þorvalds þáttr tasalda’. In MedS, 677-8.
  3. Internal references
  4. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Biography of) Óláfr Tryggvason’ 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. 383.
  5. Not published: do not cite (ÞorvTI)
  6. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 66’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1178.
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