Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

login: password: stay logged in: help

Þorbjǫrn svarti (Þsvart)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Þórbjǫrn svarti, Orknøsk(?) skjald, d. 1152. (AI, 531, BI, 512).

Skj poems:

Þorbjǫrn svarti ‘the Black’ (Þsvart) was one of the skalds residing with Jarl Rǫgnvaldr Kali Kolsson (Rv) in Orkney, and he accompanied Rǫgnvaldr on the crusade to the Holy Land (1151-3; see ÍF 34, 204). Þorbjǫrn died of an illness in Acre (1152) and was likely buried there (ÍF 34, 230-1; Oddi Lv 4-5). Nothing else is known about Þorbjǫrn, and his ethnicity is also unknown—Finnur Jónsson tentatively calls him Orcadian (LH 1894-1901, II, 44-5; Skj), while Finnbogi Guðmundsson (ÍF 34, 204 n. 3) thinks he may have been an Icelander. Only one lv. by Þorbjǫrn survives (Þsvart Lv).

Lausavísa — Þsvart LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Þorbjǫrn svarti, Lausavísa’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Brepols, Turnhout, pp. 624-5.


Skj: Þórbjǫrn svarti: Lausavísa, 1152 (AI, 531, BI, 512); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Flat, Orkn

SkP info: II, 624-5

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files


Þorbjǫrn recited this lv. (Þsvart Lv) shortly before his death in Acre in 1152. It is preserved in R702ˣ and Flat, as well as in 762ˣ, a copy of R702ˣ with no independent value (used in Skj A but not considered in the present edn). Ms. R702ˣ is the main ms.
© Skaldic Project Academic Body, unless otherwise noted. Database structure and interface developed by Tarrin Wills. All users of material on this database are reminded that its content may be either subject to copyright restrictions or is the property of the custodians of linked databases that have given permission for members of the skaldic project to use their material for research purposes. Those users who have been given access to as yet unpublished material are further reminded that they may not use, publish or otherwise manipulate such material except with the express permission of the individual editor of the material in question and the General Editor of the volume in which the material is to be published. Applications for permission to use such material should be made in the first instance to the General Editor of the volume in question. All information that appears in the published volumes has been thoroughly reviewed. If you believe some information here is incorrect please contact Tarrin Wills with full details.