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Bjarni Kálfsson (BjKálfs)

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

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Nothing is known about Bjarni Kálfsson (BjKálfs), except that he is called ‘skáld’ and was in the company of the Norw. king Sverrir Sigurðarson in the winter of 1182. Skj gives his ethnicity as Icel. That cannot be confirmed, but an Icelander with the same name residing in Miðfjörður in 1184 is mentioned in Sturlunga saga (Stu 1878, I, 101). If the two Bjarnis are identical, Bjarni Kálfsson was the father of the skald Tannr Bjarnason (TannrIV). The st. below is the only poetry by Bjarni that survives.

Lausavísa — BjKálfs LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Bjarni Kálfsson, 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. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 639-40.

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Bjarni Kálfsson: 1. Lausavísa, 1182 (AI, 536-7, BI, 517); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Flat, Sv

SkP info: II, 639-40

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This lv. (BjKálfs Lv) is preserved in Sv (327, Flat, E and 81a; 327 is the main ms.). It is attributed to Bjarni in all mss, and the metre is runhent (see SnSt Ht 88III, SnE 1999, 35-6).
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated