Vetrliði Sumarliðason was 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) 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:
He who proved his blade on bucklers,
South went through the land to whet
Brand that oft hath felled his foeman,
Gainst the forge which foams with song;
Mighty wielder of war's sickle
Made his sword's avenging edge
Hard on hero's helm-prop rattle,
Skull of Weatherlid the Skald.
—The Story of Burnt Njal , Dasent's translation
Only one stanza of Vetrliði Sumarliðason's work has survived, a lausavísa praising Thor for having killed giants and giantesses:
Thou didst break the leg of Leikn,
Didst cause to stoop Starkadr,
Didst bruise Thrívaldi,
Didst stand on lifeless Gjálp.
—Skáldskaparmál, Brodeur's translation
Information from Wikipedia.
All Hail Vetrliði Sumarliðason !
All Hail Þorvaldr veili !
All Hail those who spoke out against the forced conversion !