Oretti The Strong And Other Icelanders

The Saga of Gretti (on which see Prolegomena) is full of verses scattered up and down it but of all these, two pieces only are, we believe, genuine the first is quoted also in Edda, the second is found in Landnama-bok. The rest of the verse, much of which by such line-rhymes fc'var-ek' and 'beirra,' 'hraeddr* and 'bldeddi,' must be at once pronounced as of the late thirteenth century. But besides this group of late spurious verse, there is another lot of more poetic worth which, with Ami...

Hallfred Vandrj3dascald

To Olaf Tryggvason, curiously enough, Skaldatal only gives two poets, Biarni and Hallfred. Of the former no mention is made in the King's Life, but Skaldatal is confirmed by Hallar-Steinarr in Rek-stefia, when he says that Hallfred and Biarni formerly made Encomia on Olaf, and that he will now make a third and in Islendinga-Drapa we have it recorded, doubtless from a lost Saga of Biarni's, that when this poet's courage was challenged, he struck Earl Hakon in the face with a drinking-horn. Of...

Gunlaug Snakestongue And Raven

One of the descendants of Bragi and the nephew of Tind, Gunlaug, was also a poet. His luckless love for Helga and his tragical death have made his name and story famed. To his Saga we may refer the reader for all detail. But most interesting to us for our present purpose is the vivid account it gives of his poetical Circuit, from which, whether it be historically true or not, we may judge of the kind of lives the Court-Poets of the heroic age led. Setting sail from Norway, where he had got into...

Mythical Fragments In Courtmetre

There were other Shield-Songs and Thor-Lays, the authors of which, less fortunate than Eilif or Thiodwolf, have only survived in fragments kept by Snorri (Sk.), who no doubt made use of their poems in his paraphrases of the Thor-myths. First of these comes Olwi Snub (Olver Hntifa), in Norwegian law ' hntifa' is the bondmaid whose nose has been cut off for theft thrice repeated as a nickname it must refer to some hurt that Olwi, like Michael Angelo, had suffered, a poet of Harold Fairhair's,...

Mythical Court Poems

There are two Bragis with one, a mythical divine being (originally perhaps Woden himself, in his character as the arch-poet), we have nothing to do here but the other, Bragi, the son of Boddi, surnamed the old (Gamli) to distinguish him from a son or younger kinsman possibly, is a real historical personage. He is mentioned in Landnama-bok, Snorri's Edda, Skaldatal, Ynglinga, Egil's Saga, etc. We must base our views of his date and position in Northern poetry upon what we can gather from the...