Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorvaldr Hjaltason (ÞHjalt)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Diana Whaley;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

Skj info: Þórvaldr Hjaltason, Islænder, deltog i Fyrisvoldslaget. (AI, 117, BI, 111).

Skj poems:
Lausavísur

Little is known of this poet (ÞHjalt) beyond what is reported in the prose surrounding his two lausavísur (see Contexts below). Indeed, it is uncertain whether Þorvaldr was regarded as a poet, since Flat (1860-8, II, 73) adds after Lv 2 that he never composed before or since, so far as is known (a statement treated with scepticism by Finnur Jónsson, LH I, 543). A man of this name is recorded in Ldn (ÍF 1, 238, cf. also 282), where Þorvaldr and his brother Þórðr are the sons of Hjalti, the eponymous settler of Hjaltadalur (Skagafjörður, northern Iceland). They are depicted as impressive men and they feature in a number of sagas of Icelanders (Íslendingasögur), but it is not certain whether this Þorvaldr is the same as the poet (ÍF 1, 238 n. 2). The Þorvaldr in Ldn is not described as a skald, though the neighbourhood bred the poets Glúmr Geirason (Glúmr) and Oddr breiðfirðingr (ObreiðV), and Þorvaldr and Þórðr are the subject of Anon (Ldn) 4aIV.

Lausavísur — ÞHjalt LvI

Edited by Diana Whaley

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Skj: Þórvaldr Hjaltason: Lausavísur, o. 985 (AI, 117, BI, 111)

SkP info: I, 273

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2 — ÞHjalt Lv 2I

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Illr varð ǫlna fjalla
auðkveðjǫndum beðjar
til Svíþjóðar síðan
sveimr víkinga heiman.
Þat eitt lifir þeira,
— þeir hǫfðu lið fleira —
— gótt vas her at henda
Hundings — es rann undan.

Sveimr víkinga heiman til Svíþjóðar varð síðan illr {auðkveðjǫndum {beðjar {ǫlna fjalla}}}. Þat eitt þeira lifir, es rann undan; þeir hǫfðu fleira lið; gótt vas at henda her Hundings.

The vikings’ surge from their home to Sweden turned out afterwards [to be] disastrous {for the wealth-demanders {of the bed {of fish of the mountains}}} [SNAKES > GOLD > MEN]. Only that part of them survives, that ran away; they had the more numerous force; it was good to catch Hundingr’s army.

texts: Styrb 5, Flat 480

editions: Skj Þórvaldr Hjaltason: Lausavísur 2 (AI, 117; BI, 111); Skald I, 63, NN §§380, 1946; Fms 5, 251, Fms 12, 115, Flat 1860-8, II, 73 (Styrb).

manuscripts

GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 87va, 12 - 87va, 12 (Flat)  transcr.  image  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 491r, 11 - 491r, 18  image  
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