is a 10th century Icelandic skald
He was the great-grandson of Ketill hængr
("salmon"), one of the settlers of Iceland
. He lived in Fljótshlíð
, in the south of the island.
Vetrliði was pagan and opposed the conversion to Christianity. He composed defamatory verses (níð
)According to Bo Almqvist (Norrön niddiktning: traditionshistoriska studier i versmagi
. 2. Nid mot missionärer. Senmedeltida nidtraditioner
. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1974), Vetrliði could have accused Þangbrandr of ergi
. about Þangbrandr
, a missionary sent to Iceland by Óláfr Tryggvason
. He was killed by the priest (or by the priest and his companion Guðleifr Arason). In some versions, another skald, Þorvaldr veili
, was murdered for the same reason. A stanza was composed by an unknown author about Vetrliði's death:This episode is related in many sources: Kristni saga
, Brennu-Njáls saga
, Snorri Sturluson
's Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar
and Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar en mesta
Only one stanza of his work survived, a lausavísa
for having killed giants
- Thou didst break the leg of Leikn,
- Didst cause to stoop Starkadr,
- Didst bruise Thrívaldi,
- Didst stand on lifeless Gjálp.
- :—Skáldskaparmál <small>(11)</small>, Brodeur, Arthur Gilchrist (trans.). 1916. . New York: The American-Scandinavian Foundation.