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Bjarni gullbrárskáld Hallbjarnarson (BjHall)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Alison Finlay;

Kálfsflokkr (Kálffl) - 8

Skj info: Bjarni Hallbjarnarson gullbrárskáld, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 393-396, BI, 363-365).

Skj poems:
Kalfsflokkr

Bjarni gullbrárskáld Hallbjarnarson (BjHall) is mentioned only in the passages in the kings’ sagas in which stanzas from Kálfsflokkr, his sole surviving poem, are cited. He is generally identified, however, with the Icelander Bjarni Hallbjarnarson named in Þorgríms þáttr Hallasonar, which is preserved in Hulda-Hrokkinskinna (H-Hr; Fms 6, 32; ÍF 9, 298-303). He is there said to be the son of Hallbjǫrn skefill ‘Scraper’ of Laxárdalur in Skagafjörður, northern Iceland, and to have a brother called Þórðr, neither of whom is known elsewhere. The þáttr represents Bjarni, early in the reign of King Magnús Óláfsson (1035-47), presenting a poem to Kálfr Árnason, which includes praise of his deeds at the battle of Stiklastaðir (Stiklestad, 1030), and being killed immediately by Þorgrímr Hallason, a follower of King Óláfr; see further Biography of Kolgrímr litli ‘the Small’ (KolgrII), and Kolg ÓlII. This cannot be true according to the evidence of the stanzas printed below, however, since those representing Kálfr’s loss of the friendship of King Magnús and his campaigning in Orkney must have been composed as late as the mid 1040s. It seems most likely that the author of the þáttr knew of a poem by Bjarni in honour of Kálfr, but was not familiar with its content.

In the U redaction of Skáldatal ‘biarni gvllbraskalld’ is listed as a poet of Kálfr Árnason, and also included among the poets of Óláfr Tryggvason (r. c. 995-c. 1000), which must be a mistake: in the 761aˣ redaction this poet is simply named Bjarni skáld (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 261, 269).

Bjarni’s nickname (recorded both with and without inflectional ‑(a)r-; see Lind 1920-1, 123) suggests that Bjarni was identified as the poet of someone, presumably a woman, nicknamed gullbrá ‘Gold-eyelash’. The same nickname gullbrá or gullbráskáld is also associated with the elusive Gizurr svarti (Gizsv; see his Biography in this volume).

notes
my abbr.

Kálfsflokkr (‘Flokkr about Kálfr’) — BjHall KálfflI

Alison Finlay 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Bjarni gullbrárskáld Hallbjarnarson, Kálfsflokkr’ 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. 877.

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Skj: Bjarni Hallbjarnarson gullbrárskáld: Kalfsflokkr, o. 1050 (AI, 393-6, BI, 363-5)

in texts: Flat, Fsk, Hkr, MGóð, Orkn, ÓH, ÓHHkr

SkP info: I, 877

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1 Vol. 1. 52. Bjarni gullbrárskáld Hallbjarnarson, Kálfsflokkr, 1 [Vol. 1, 879] — BjHall Kálffl 1I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Vast, þars vígs bað kosta,
vápndjarfr Haralds arfi
(kynnisk kapp þitt mǫnnum)
Kalfr, við Bókn austr sjalfa;
gôtuð gríðar sóta,
gólig gǫng til jóla;
kendr vas fyrstr at fundi
flettugrjóts ok spjóta.

Skj: Bjarni Hallbjarnarson gullbrárskáld: Kalfsflokkr 1 (AI, 393-4; BI, 363); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: A1; mss: 301x, 321x, 325V, 325VII, 325XI 2 b, 61, 68, 73ax, 75c, Bb, Flat, FskAx, Holm2, Holm4, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 572, Fsk 156, ÓH 135(131), ÓHHkr 128
 
2 Vol. 1. 52. Bjarni gullbrárskáld Hallbjarnarson, Kálfsflokkr, 2 [Vol. 1, 880] — BjHall Kálffl 2I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Ǫld fekk ilt ór deildum;
Erlingr vas þar finginn;
óðu blǫkk í blóði
borð fyr Útstein norðan;
ljós es raun, at ræsir
ráðinn varð frá láði;
lǫgðusk lǫnd und Egða,
lið þeira frák meira.

Skj: Bjarni Hallbjarnarson gullbrárskáld: Kalfsflokkr 2 (AI, 394; BI, 363); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: A1; mss: 301x, 321x, 325V, 325VII, 325XI 2 b, 61, 68, 73ax, 75a, 75c, Bb, Flat, FskAx, Holm2, Holm4, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 573, Fsk 157, ÓH 136(132), ÓHHkr 129
 
3 Vol. 1. 52. Bjarni gullbrárskáld Hallbjarnarson, Kálfsflokkr, 3 [Vol. 1, 882] — BjHall Kálffl 3I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Austr réð allvaldr rísta
ótála haf stáli;
varð at vitja Garða
vígmóðr Haralds bróðir;
enn of íðnir manna
emkak tamr at samna
skrǫkvi; at skilnað ykkarn
skjótt lézt Knút of sóttan.

Skj: Bjarni Hallbjarnarson gullbrárskáld: Kalfsflokkr 3 (AI, 394; BI, 363); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: A1; mss: 301x, 321x, 325V, 325VII, 61, 68, 73ax, Bb, Flat, FskAx, Holm2, J2x, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 579, Fsk 160, ÓH 142(138), ÓHHkr 135
 
4 Vol. 1. 52. Bjarni gullbrárskáld Hallbjarnarson, Kálfsflokkr, 4 [Vol. 1, 883] — BjHall Kálffl 4I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Átt þú Engla drótni,
ógnrakkr, gjafar þakka,
jarls niðr; komtu yðru
ótála vel máli;
þér lét fold áðr fœrir
(frest urðut þess) vestan,
líf þitt esa lítit,
Lundúna gramr fundna.

Skj: Bjarni Hallbjarnarson gullbrárskáld: Kalfsflokkr 4 (AI, 394-5; BI, 364); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: A1; mss: 301x, 321x, 325V, 325VII, 61, 68, 73ax, 972x, Bb, Bæb, Flat, FskAx, Holm2, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 580, Fsk 161, ÓH 143(139), ÓHHkr 136
 
5 Vol. 1. 52. Bjarni gullbrárskáld Hallbjarnarson, Kálfsflokkr, 5 [Vol. 1, 885] — BjHall Kálffl 5I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Jǫrð rétt vígi at varða
vígreifr fyr Áleifi;
brauzt við bragning nýztan
bág; þat kveðk mik frôgu;
fyrr gekt á stað Stiklar
stór verk, en óð merki,
satt's at sókn of veittir
snjallr, unz gramr vas fallinn.

Skj: Bjarni Hallbjarnarson gullbrárskáld: Kalfsflokkr 5 (AI, 395; BI, 364); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: A1; mss: 321x, 325V, 325VII, 61, 73ax, 972x, Bb, Flat, Holm2, Holm4, J2x, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 618, ÓH 164(160), ÓHHkr 157
 
6 Vol. 1. 52. Bjarni gullbrárskáld Hallbjarnarson, Kálfsflokkr, 6 [Vol. 1, 886] — BjHall Kálffl 6I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Hafa lézt unga jǫfra
erfð, sem til réð hverfa;
satt's at sitja knátti
Sveinn at Danmǫrk einni;
kenduð, Kalfr, til landa
kappfúsum Magnúsi
(olluð ér því's stillir
jǫrð of fekk) ór Gǫrðum.

Skj: Bjarni Hallbjarnarson gullbrárskáld: Kalfsflokkr 6 (AI, 395; BI, 364); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: A1; mss: 301x, 321x, 325V, 325VI, 325VII, 39, 61, 73ax, Bb, E, F, Flat, FskAx, Holm2, Holm4, J2x, Kx, Tóm; texts: Flat 634, Fsk 167, MGóð 10, ÓH 201(196)
 
7 Vol. 1. 52. Bjarni gullbrárskáld Hallbjarnarson, Kálfsflokkr, 7 [Vol. 1, 887] — BjHall Kálffl 7I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Þér frák Þórbergs hlýri,
(þess gerðusk ér verðir)
helt því unz herr of spilti,
Haralds bróðurson góðan;
vǫkðu ǫfundmenn ykkar
iðula róg í miðlum
(óþǫrf lízk mér) arfa
Áleifs (í þeim môlum).

Skj: Bjarni Hallbjarnarson gullbrárskáld: Kalfsflokkr 7 (AI, 395-6; BI, 364-5); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: A1; mss: 321x, 325V, 325VI, 325VII, 39, 61, 73ax, 972x, Bb, E, F, Holm2, Holm4, J2x, Kx, Tóm; texts: MGóð 24, ÓH 203(198)
 
8 Vol. 1. 52. Bjarni gullbrárskáld Hallbjarnarson, Kálfsflokkr, 8 [Vol. 1, 889] — BjHall Kálffl 8I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Frôgum Finns hvé mági
fylgðuð, Kalfr, of dylgjur,
ok lézt á sæ snekkjur
snarla lagt at jarli;
áræði vant eyða
óðfúss sonar Brúsa,
(hléði hugr) en téðuð
heiptminnigr Þórfinni.

Skj: Bjarni Hallbjarnarson gullbrárskáld: Kalfsflokkr 8 (AI, 396; BI, 365); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: A1; mss: 61, Bb, Flat, Holm2, R702x, Tóm; texts: Flat 671, Flat 677, Orkn 24, ÓH 215(210)
 
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