Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson (Bjbp)

13th century; volume 1; ed. Jonna Louis-Jensen;

Jómsvíkingadrápa (Jóms) - 45

Skj info: Bjarni Kolbeinsson, Orknøsk biskop, d. 1222. (AII, 1-10, BII, 1-10).

Skj poems:
Jómsvíkingadrápa

Bjarni Kolbeinsson (Bjbp) was born into a powerful family in the Orkney Islands, possibly c. 1150-60 (af Petersens, Jvs 1879, 122). His father was the Norwegian-Orcadian chieftain Kolbeinn hrúga ‘Heap’ and his mother was Herborg, a great-granddaughter of Páll jarl Þorfinnsson on the maternal side (see Ættaskrár [Genealogies] II in ÍF 35). Bjarni was also very well connected: he was a close friend of Haraldr jarl Maddaðarson (ÍF 35, 289), sent precious gifts to Hrafn Sveinbjarnarson in Iceland on three occasions (Guðrún P. Helgadóttir 1987, 2-3), and had connections with the Oddaverjar (see further Einar Ól. Sveinsson 1937, 17-18, 34-9).

Bjarni was Bishop of Orkney from 1188 (ÍF 35, 289) until his death on 15 September 1223. Among his achievements as bishop were the exhumation and canonisation of Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson (ÍF 35, 282; SkP II, 575) and the extension of St Magnús’s Cathedral in Kirkwall. Bjarni was also a diplomat and is known to have travelled to Norway for political reasons in 1194-5, 1208-9, 1210, 1218 and 1223 (see Bugge 1875, 244; Holtsmark 1937a, 2-3); he probably died in Norway (Jón Stefánsson 1907-8, 46).

Bjarni is introduced as Bjarni skáld ‘Poet’ in Orkn (ÍF 35, 193), but Jómsvíkingadrápa (Jóms) is the only literary work attributed to him in medieval sources. Suggestions that he compiled Orkn (Jón Stefánsson 1907-8) and the þulur in SnE (Bugge 1875) have not been generally accepted; see Introduction to Jóms below on the attribution of Anon Mhkv to Bjarni.

notes
my abbr.

Jómsvíkingadrápa (‘Drápa about the Jómsvíkingar’) — Bjbp JómsI

Emily Lethbridge 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa’ 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. 954.

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Skj: Bjarni Kolbeinsson: Jómsvíkingadrápa (AII, 1-10, BII, 1-10); stanzas (if different): 2 | 3 | 4

in texts: ÓT

SkP info: I, 954

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files

 

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1. R - 53r/29-53r/31
Avngan qveþ ec at oði orvm malma ryri þo gat ec hroðr vm hvgþan hlioðs | at ferþar p[…]yði fram mvn ek fyrir avlldum yɢiar bi[...] vm færa þo at | einigir ytar ætgoðir mer hlyþi
2. R - 53r/31-53r/33
Hendir eɴ sem aðra vteitan mik svtar mer | hefir harm ahendi ha[…]gvr kona bvndit þo em ek oð at avka ærit | giar[n] at hvarv […] em ec at mer orþinn vgæfr vm favr vifa
3. R - 53r/33-53r/36
Dreng var | datt vm suaʀra dorgar vangs firir longo þvi hefir oss vm unga elld[...] skapi | halldit þo [...]fi ec ort vm itra allfatt miaþar þellv vel samir eɴ vm ei[…] | aulselio mer þy[...]
4. R - 53r/36-53r/37
Varkat ek [...] vnd forsvm for ek alldri at gavll[drvm] | [...]
5. R - 53v/1-53v/2
[…] aɴat þarf at yrkia allstorvm mvn fleira | […] greppr vm snerto þat bervm vpp fyrir yta ohlioð sǫgv qv[…]
6. R - 53v/3-53v/4
ver (sitia)(?) seima gvðr at iomi favgr rænir mic flavmi .v. havfþingia | snemma vel samir vist at telia viɴvr hreysti manna þar er vm malmþings meiða merkiliga at yrkia |
7. R - 53v/5-53v/6
(H)ver vitna fra ec heyia harald bardaga stora þeir rvðv bitra branda bavðgiarnaztir niðiar | sia knattv þar siþan siðfornir glym iarna þotti þeim at efla þavrf veseta arfa
8. R - 53v/7-53v/8
Geta (skal)(?) hins hverr hvatra havfþingi var drengia sa gat sigri at hrosa sniallaztr at | g(iorv)ollu(?) hverr var hoti miɴi hreysti maðr at flestv helldr i herði ravnvm havklyndvm syni aka |
9. R - 53v/9-53v/10
Sigvalldi het seɢia snarfengra havfþingi ok reð þar firir þegnvm þorkell liþi sniollv bvi var at | hveriom hialldri harðraðr m sigurði fragvm vagn at væri víst ofr hugi eɴ mesti |
10. R - 53v/11-53v/12
Helldu dreyrgra daʀa danmarkar til sterkir þeim gafz ravsn ok riki riodendr skipvm sinvm ok auð | brotar erfi ognrackaztir drvckv þeim fra ek ymsvm aukaz annir feðra siɴa |
11. R - 53v/13-53v/14
Eɴ villdv þa einkvm avlldvr menn at skylldo slikt erv yrkis efni agæta ser leita | ok havkligar hefia heit strengingar tokv eigi segik at yta avlteiti var litil |
12. R - 53v/15-53v/16
Heit strenging fra ec hefia heipt milldan sig vallda bvi var avʀ at efla orækinn þrek sli | kan hetvz þeir af havþri hakvn reka fikiom grim var frægra fyrþa fion eþa lifi ræna |
13. R - 53v/12-53v/13
Bvi letz baʀ at fylgia bavðmilldvm sigvallda til hiorþrymv hardrar hvgprvþr vera | siþan hafa qvaz havarþ vilia hranna briotr at gvɴi ser qvaþ hann eigi illa aslak ifꜹr lika. |
14. R - 53v/19-53v/21
Vagn qvaþ hit enn hravsti hamþis gvɴar tǫmdvm sa letz frækn at fylgia falldrvðr bva | skylldv þa reð heít til hvitrar hriga meiðr at strengia merkemr harmr at hendi hættr | þorketils dottvr
15. R - 53v/21-53v/23
Ein drepr firir mer allri vtravðr alavg skeidvm avʀ þengill bað yta itr mannz konan | teiti goðætt ofkemr grimmv geck herr a skip darra hiɴ er kvɴi gny gerva gæþings | at mer striþi. |
16. R - 53v/23-53v/24
Sagt var at svɴan helldv snyrti menn vm hrannir kalldr dreif marr a meida mord | bals skipa stoli lomdv helldir hvfar hrið kaɴaði lyði gnvði svalr a syio siar isvgar barvr |
17. R - 53v/25-53v/26
Sagt var at ravðra randa reynendr flota sinvm iola nott at iaðri ioms vikingar komo | var v helldr aharþan hernvt firar giarnir rioðendr bvðv riki randorm a geirmvndi |
18. R - 53v/27-53v/28
Þa bvðv þeir amoti þeim er svnnan komv til geirhriðar greppvm giorla noregs iarlar | þar var mestr amęli morðremanndi skommv margr var at [lavfa] leiki landherr fvndiɴ |
19. R - 53v/29-53v/30
Ein drepr firir mer allri elldr gnavðaþi viða elri skæðr vm eyiar [itr] maɴz konan teiti | goð ætt of k[…] grimmo gavs vpp logi vr hvsvm grið[…] gvmna gæðings a m s
20. R - 53v/31-53v/33
Ok havfþingiar hravstir heyra menn at veri þat hefir þioð at [...] þrir m flocki hva | rum þar er hreɢviþir hittuz hialma skods a viþ[…]vndr […] sa fyrþvm frægr hio | r(vnga)(?) vagi |
21. R - 53v/33-53v/34
Havðr fra ec hakvn veria hart sva at eigi skorti eirikr hefir eɢiar otravðr verit | [...]avgðv þar ytar armod vera siþan sa var grepr v gvmna glaðr havfþingia hin | [...]iþia |
22. R - 53v/35-53v/36
[...]avgþv [...]ptar hvattir herðimenn þar er bavrþvz herr var havðr at veria hvnd[...] | [...] vikingvm varo varþ ravn at þvi einvm þat qveþa eigi av[...] ytar fim[...]
23. R - 54r/1-54r/2
[...] æt of k[...] grimmv glyɢ magnað[...] egg[…]
24. R - 54r/3-54r/4
[...]gvalldi bad sina soknstranga vel ganga hann varat samr a satt [...] | haralldz arfi klavf hialma hilldar avʀ ok skiolldv fram geck hann firir hlifar hart nackvara sn[...] |
25. R - 54r/5-54r/6
Þar geck fram ifolki franlyndr bvi sinv þes qveþa virþa vissv vanir hart m sveina ^ ok geir | viþir gorþv grimma havɢvm rammir gengv þeir at gvnni geysta vapna brestv.
26. R - 54r/7-54r/8
Klavf m yɢiar elldi olmr gvllbvi hialma niðr let hann iherþar hringserkia bavl | ganga ^ hart nam havɢ at stæra havarþr liði fyrþa v hefir illt at eiga aslak verit fikivm
27. R - 54r/9-54r/10
Ein drepr firir mer allri el gnvði mioc stala almr spann af ser odda itr maɴz kona teiti | goðæt of kemr gri gripv þeir ibvg snærvm gvɴrackaztir gvmnar gæþings at mer striþi. |
28. R - 54r/11-54r/13
Þar fra ec vapnvm veriaz vagn felldi lið þegna hann klavf breiðra brvna borg hvndroþvm | morgvm grimmr var snarpra sverþa sǫngr bvrgvz vel drengir vaɴ arfþegi aka avs fell bloð | akesior
29. R - 54r/13-54r/14
Vagn hefir orþit ytvm avrfengr at bavð strangri m fvllhvga fræknvm fram gengv | vel drengir þar er i yɢiar eli aka svnr hinn riki bratt fra ec hann at hlæþi hvgprvþvm armoði. |
30. R - 54r/15-54r/16
Hvervitna fra ec havlþa herr æxti gny daʀa firir hreɢviþvm hiorva hravkva gvɴar ravckvm | aðr i ꜹrva drifv ytvm grimmr at blota fram kom heipt hin harþa hakon þegar tæki. |
31. R - 54r/17-54r/18
Eein drepr firir m. a. ylgr geck ana bolgar þar stoð vlfr i atv ítr maɴz kona t. | god of kemv grimmv gein vargr vm salmergiar graðr þvaʀ gylþis ioþa gæþ. a. m. stri.
32. R - 54r/19-54r/20
Þa fra ek el hit illa æþa havlga brvþi glvmþi hagl ahlifvm harþa grimt or norþri þar | er iormfran avgv ytvm skya grioti þvi knatti ben blasa barþi hreɢi keyrþv. |
33. R - 54r/21-54r/22
Þar var þavrfvm meiri þrekfavrlvþvm iarli bravt hyɢ ec hann at heldi hvgravn flota [...] | snara bad segl vid hvna sigvaldi ibyr kavldvm gnvþi havrd a hlyrvm hriþ fell byʀ i [...]
34. R - 54r/23-54r/24
Þar let vigfvs verþa vegrækinn aslaki þann era þavrf at iɴa þatt helfarar veitt[ar] | þorleifr of vaɴ þiokva þrækstærþvm havarþi hart let hann m kylfv havɢ ramr b[rotit] | [leɢ…]
35. R - 54r/25-54r/26
Eín drepr firir mer allri andat folk at svndi stravmr dro vt vm eyiar i. mannz k.t. | god æt o. k. gri. gifrs hesta bra favstv gny miklandi geira g. a. m striþi |
36. R - 54r/27-54r/28
Bad firir borð at skyldi bavðsvellandi allir aðr fra ec vapnvm veriaz vagns lið bva þ[…] | ok hreɢboði hiorva hravstr m þvngar kistvr sa var illr af avrvm vtravðr akaf reþi |
37. R - 54r/29-54r/30
Nam eldbroti yɢiar ygr firir bord at stiga vt bar hann af hvfvm hravstr gvllb[…] | ok optliga eptir vblavþir þar siþan knegv lyðir lita langan orm a hringvm |
38. R - 54r/31-54r/32
Skeið fra ec vallt at verþi vagn m sina þegna avll varo þa þeira þvɴ skip hroþin avɴvr | vpp naþv þar eigi avðlings menn at ganga ofan reþv þeir avfga eiriks vini keyra |
39. R - 54r/33-54r/34
Upp stoþv þar eptir vngra snyrti drengia sveit fylgði vel vagni væn þrir tigir […] | allz onga fra ek aðra iafnmarga sva bvrgvz aðr letti dyn darra dreng menn hvgvm stranga.
40. R - 54r/35-54r/36
Reð m danska d[o]lga drengr a land at ganga roþin fra ec davʀ idr(eyra davðr)(?) | la herr askeidvm vagn qvad eigi ytvm vndan rad at skynda saman [...]
41. 61 - 20va/5-20va/8
Þar let | eirikr ondo atian þegar tyna helldr fragum þa þuerra þegna lið firir | vagni. mæltu hraustar hetiur haukligt var þat fikium. þau hafa þioþir | vppi þrottar orð m fyrðum.
42. 61 - 20va/23-20va/26
Ok m fio᷎rnis falu for þorketill lei | ra þa er men broti mælti mansaung vm gna hringa. gerdiz hann | at hoggva hauklyndan son aka. vagn gat helldr at hanum | heipt o᷎ʀ vegit fyrri
43. 61 - 20va/28-20va/30
Viltu kvað hringa hreytir hyggiu gegn at vagni | elsuellandi yduart. yggiar lif of þiggia eigi mun ek nema efna u | ngr þat er heit nam strengia. sva kuad ullr at iarli. eɢ hrið fior þiɢia
44. 61 - 20va/32-20va/33
Grið let o᷎ʀ ok aura | eirikr gefit storum miok leyfa þat þiodir þegnum .xij. m uagni.
45. 61 - 20vb/12-20vb/13
Þa geck vllr at eiga. o᷎rlyndr þry | muv randa. menn fystu þess randa mœta. margir íngibio᷎rgu.
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