Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorbjǫrn hornklofi (Þhorn)

9th century; volume 1; ed. R. D. Fulk;

2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) (Harkv) - 23

Skj info: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi, Norsk skjald; omkr. 900. (AI, 22-29, BI, 20-26).

Skj poems:
1. Glymdrápa
2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál)
3. Lausavísa

Little is known about the Norwegian Þorbjǫrn hornklofi ‘Horn-cleaver (?)’. Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 261, 273) names him as a poet of Haraldr hárfagri ‘Fair-hair’ (r. c. 860-c. 932). Judging from Fsk (ÍF 29, 59), he seems to have spent his whole life at the court of this king. Þorbjǫrn is the composer of two poems about Haraldr, Glymdrápa (Þhorn Gldr) and Haraldskvæði (Þhorn Harkv). Skálda saga, an anecdote about skalds preserved in Hb, and hardly likely to be historical, depicts him as one of three skalds, the other two being Auðunn illskælda ‘Bad-poet’ and Ǫlvir hnúfa ‘Snub-nose (?)’, each of whom attempts a romantic encounter with the same rich widow and then bemoans his failure in a lausavísa (see Auðunn Lv 2, Þhorn Lv, Ǫlv Lv 2). The three skalds are also named in Egils saga (ÍF 2, 19) as Haraldr’s favourites. They occupy places of honour in his hall, with Þorbjǫrn between the other two.

In the prose sources Þorbjǫrn is predominantly referred to only by his nickname Hornklofi. To date there is no satisfying explanation of this word. It is attested in the Þulur as a raven-heiti (see Þul Hrafns 1/5III and Note), but it does not occur in that sense in the surviving body of skaldic poetry. Scholars have claimed that the nickname refers to Þorbjǫrn’s device, in Þhorn Harkv, of having a raven speak in his stead (SnE 1848-87, III, 408; ÍF 26, 101 n. 1). Fidjestøl (1991, 126) is, however, justified in doubting this interpretation. An alternative possibility would be to link the nickname to Egill Hfl 16/6-7V (Eg 49): en jǫfurr heldr lǫndum hornklofi ‘and the ruler holds his lands by a hornklof’. But hornklofi here must be the dative of neuter hornklof, whereas Þorbjǫrn’s nickname is a masculine n-stem, and unfortunately the meaning of this passage is obscure, though hornklof seems to be some kind of tool.

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Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) — Þhorn HarkvI

R. D. Fulk 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál)’ 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. 91.

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Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), Flere af de herhenhørende vers tillægges i forskellige håndskrifter Tjodolf hvinverske. (AI, 24-9, BI, 22-5)

in texts: Flat, Fsk, Gylf, HarHárf, HHábr, HHárf, Hkr, LaufE, ÓT, ÓTFlat, Skm, SnE

SkP info: I, 91

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1 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 1 [Vol. 1, 94] — Þhorn Harkv 1I

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Hlýði hringberendr,
meðan frá Haraldi
segik odda íþróttir
enum afarauðga;
frá môlum munk segja,
þeims ek mey heyrða,
hvíta, haddbjarta,
es við hrafn dœmði.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 1 (AI, 24; BI, 22); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 1
 
2 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 2 [Vol. 1, 95] — Þhorn Harkv 2I

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Vitr þóttisk valkyrja,
verar né óru
þekkir svá enni fránleitu,
es foglsrǫdd kunni;
kvaddi en glæhvarma
ok en kverkhvíta
Hymis hausrofa,
es sat á horni vinbjarga.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 2 (AI, 24; BI, 22); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 2
 
3 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 3 [Vol. 1, 97] — Þhorn Harkv 3I

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Hvat es yðr hrafnar?
Hvaðan eruð ér komnir
með dreyrgu nefi
at degi ǫndverðum?
hold loðir yðr í klóm,
hræs þefr gengr ór munni,
nær hykk í nôtt bjogguð
því's vissuð nái liggja.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 3 (AI, 24; BI, 22); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 3
 
4 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 4 [Vol. 1, 97] — Þhorn Harkv 4I

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Hreyfðisk enn hǫsfjaðri
ok of hyrnu þerði,
arnar eiðbróðir,
ok at andsvǫrum hugði:
Haraldi vér fylgðum
syni Halfdanar,
ungum ynglingi,
síðan ór eggi kómum.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 4 (AI, 25; BI, 22); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 4
 
5 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 5 [Vol. 1, 98] — Þhorn Harkv 5I

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Kunna hugðak þik konung,
þanns á Kvinnum býr,
dróttin Norðmanna,
djúpum ræðr kjólum,
roðnum rǫngum
ok rauðum skjǫldum,
tjǫrguðum ôrum
ok tjǫldum drifnum.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 5 (AI, 25; BI, 22); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 5
 
6 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 6 [Vol. 1, 99] — Þhorn Harkv 6I

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Úti vill jól drekka,
ef skal einn ráða,
fylkir enn framlyndi,
ok Freys leik heyja;
ungr leiddisk eldvelli
ok inni at sitja,
varma dyngju
eða vǫttu dúns fulla.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 6 (AI, 25; BI, 22-3); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, F, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 6, HHárf 7
 
7 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 7 [Vol. 1, 100] — Þhorn Harkv 7I

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Heyrði í Hafrsfirði,
hvé hizug barðisk
konungr enn kynstóri
við Kjǫtva enn auðlagða;
knerrir kómu austan,
kapps of lystir,
með gínǫndum hǫfðum
ok grǫfnum tinglum.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 7 (AI, 25; BI, 23); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 18, HarHárf 10, HHárf 10
 
8 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 8 [Vol. 1, 102] — Þhorn Harkv 8I

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Hlaðnir óru hǫlða
ok hvítra skjalda,
vigra vestrœnna
ok valskra sverða;
grenjuðu berserkir,
guðr vas þeim á sinnum,
emjuðu ulfheðnar
ok ísǫrn dúðu.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 8 (AI, 25-6; BI, 23); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 19, HarHárf 11, HHárf 11
 
9 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 9 [Vol. 1, 103] — Þhorn Harkv 9I

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Freistuðu ens framráða,
es þeim flœja kendi,
allvalds austmanna,
es býr at Útsteini;
stóðum Nǫkkva brá,
es vas styrjar væni,
hlǫmmun vas á hlífum,
áðr Haklangr felli.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 9 (AI, 26; BI, 23); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 20, HarHárf 12, HHárf 12
 
10 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 10 [Vol. 1, 105] — Þhorn Harkv 10I

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Leiddisk þá fyr Lúfu
landi at halda
hilmi enum halsdigra,
holm lézk at skildi;
slógusk und sessþiljur,
es sárir óru,
létu upp stjǫlu stúpa,
stungu í kjǫl hǫfðum.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 10 (AI, 26; BI, 23); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: Fsk 21, HarHárf 13, HHárf 13
 
11 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 11 [Vol. 1, 106] — Þhorn Harkv 11I

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Á baki létu blíkja,
barðir óru grjóti,
Sváfnis salnæfrar
seggir hyggjandi;
œstusk austkylfur
ok of Jaðar hljópu
heim ór Hafrsfirði
ok hugðu á mjǫðdrykkju.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 11 (AI, 26; BI, 23); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, F, Flat, FskAx, FskBx, J1x, J2x, Kx, R, Tx, U, W; texts: Fsk 22, Gylf 2, HarHárf 14, HHárf 14
 
12 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 12 [Vol. 1, 107] — Þhorn Harkv 12I

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Valr lá þar á sandi
vitinn enum eineygja
Friggjar faðmbyggvi;
fǫgnuðum dôð slíkri.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 12 (AI, 26; BI, 24); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761ax, R, W; texts: LaufE 6(331), Skm 9
 
13 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 13 [Vol. 1, 107] — Þhorn Harkv 13I

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Annat skulu þær eiga
ambáttir Ragnhildar
dísir dramblátar
at drykkjumôlum,
an ér séð hergaupur,
es Haraldr hafi
sveltar valdreyra
en verar þeira bræði.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 13 (AI, 27; BI, 24); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 761ax, Flat; texts: HarHárf 16, ÓTFlat 0
 
14 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 14 [Vol. 1, 108] — Þhorn Harkv 14I

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Hafnaði Holmrygjum
ok Hǫrða meyjum,
hverri enni heinversku
ok Hǫlga ættar,
konungr enn kynstóri,
es tók konu ena dǫnsku.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 14 (AI, 27; BI, 24); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 325IX 1 bx, 53, 61, 761ax, Bb, F, Flat, J1x, J2x, Kx; texts: HarHárf 17, HHábr 1, HHárf 15, ÓT 1
 
15 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 15 [Vol. 1, 109] — Þhorn Harkv 15I

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Hversu es fégjafall,
þeim es fold verja,
ítra ógnflýtir
við íþróttarmenn sína?

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 15 (AI, 27; BI, 24); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 7
 
16 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 16 [Vol. 1, 110] — Þhorn Harkv 16I

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Mjǫk eru reifðir
rógbirtingar,
þeirs í Haralds túni
húnum verpa;
féi eru þeir gœddir
ok fǫgrum mækum,
malmi húnlenzkum
ok mani austrœnu.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 16 (AI, 27; BI, 24); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 8
 
17 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 17 [Vol. 1, 111] — Þhorn Harkv 17I

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Þá eru þeir reifir,
es vitu rómu væni,
ǫrvir upp at hlaupa
ok árar at sveigja,
hǫmlur at slíta
en hái at brjóta;
ríkula hykk þá vǫrru
þeysa at vísa ráði.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 17 (AI, 27; BI, 24); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 9
 
18 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 18 [Vol. 1, 112] — Þhorn Harkv 18I

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At skalda reiðu vilk spyrja,
alls þykkisk skil vita;
greppa ferðir,
þú munt gǫrla kunna,
þeira's með Haraldi hafask.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 18 (AI, 27-8; BI, 24); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 10
 
19 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 19 [Vol. 1, 113] — Þhorn Harkv 19I

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Á gerðum sér þeira
ok á gollbaugum
at eru í kunnleikum við konung,
feldum ráða rauðum
ok vel fagrrenduðum,
sverðum silfrvǫfðum,
serkjum hringofnum,
gyltum andfetlum
ok grǫfnum hjǫlmum,
hringum handbærum,
es þeim Haraldr valði.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 19 (AI, 28; BI, 24-5); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 11
 
20 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 20 [Vol. 1, 114] — Þhorn Harkv 20I

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At berserkja reiðu vilk spyrja,
bergir hræsævar,
hversu es fengit
þeims í folk vaða
vígdjǫrfum verum?

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 20 (AI, 28; BI, 25); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 12
 
21 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 21 [Vol. 1, 115] — Þhorn Harkv 21I

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Ulfheðnar heita,
þeirs í orrostum
blóðgar randir bera;
vigrar rjóða,
es til vígs koma;
þeim's þar sýst saman;
áræðismǫnnum einum
hykk þar undir felisk
skyli sá enn skilvísi,
þeim's í skjǫld hǫggva.

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 21 (AI, 28; BI, 25); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, Flat, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 13, HarHárf 4
 
22 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 22 [Vol. 1, 116] — Þhorn Harkv 22I

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At leikurum ok trúðum
hefk þik lítt fregit,
hverr es ǫrgáti
þeira Andaðar
at húsum Haralds?

Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 22 (AI, 28; BI, 25); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 14
 
23 Vol. 1. 3. Þorbjǫrn hornklofi, 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál), 23 [Vol. 1, 116] — Þhorn Harkv 23I

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At hundi elskar Andaðr
ok heimsku drýgir
eyrnalausum
ok jǫfur hlœgir;
hinir eru ok aðrir,
es of eld skulu
brinnanda spôn bera;
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hafask und linda drepit
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Skj: Þórbjǫrn hornklofi: 2. Haraldskvæði (Hrafnsmál) 23 (AI, 28-9; BI, 25); málaháttr; ed. RDF; group: A2; mss: 301x, 302x, 51x, 52x, 761ax, FskAx, FskBx; texts: Fsk 15
 
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