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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Jǫkull Bárðarson (Jǫk)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Diana Whaley;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

Skj info: Jǫkull Bárðarson, Islænder, d.1030. (AI, 314, BI, 291).

Skj poems:

According to Snorri Sturluson (ÓH 1941, I, 503; ÍF 27, 331), Jǫkull (Jǫk) was the son of Bárðr Jǫkulsson of Vatnsdalur, northern Iceland; he is described as a big, powerful man and a great traveller. He was uncle of the saga hero Grettir Ásmundarson and tried unsuccessfully to dissuade him from tackling the revenant Glámr (ÍF 7, 117). Jǫkull became a follower of Hákon jarl Eiríksson (on whom, see ‘Ruler biographies’ in Introduction to this volume), and this allegiance led, in the late 1020s, to both his triumph and his downfall, as commemorated in the two lausavísur attributed to him.

Lausavísur — Jǫk LvI

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘ Jǫkull Bárðarson, Lausavísur’ 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. 813. <> (accessed 18 January 2022)

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Skj: Jǫkull Bárðarson: Lausavísur (AI, 314, BI, 291)

in texts: Flat, Fsk, Hkr, ÓH, ÓHHkr

SkP info: I, 813

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1. Kx - 440r/1-440r/8 (DW)
Hlꜹt ec fra sullt eɴ sǽta | siþ fregn at ec qviþa | ván erumc hreɢs at hreíne | hlyrvangs scipi stýra | þvi er ystéttar átti | oleifr funa kleifar | gramr var sialfr a sumri | sigri rǽntr hiɴ digri.
Holm2 - 60r/8-60r/10 (VEÞ)
Hlꜹt ec fra svllt en sęta sid fregn at ec qviþa | van eromc hregs at hreini hlyrs þvi scipi styra . er ysteᴛar aᴛi aleifr fvna cleifar | gramr var sniallr asvmri sigri rę́ntr eɴ digri.
321x - 226/25-226/28 (VEÞ)
hlaut ek or slygs | enn særa. sidr fregn at ek kviða. van eromk hress a hreini. hlyrs | þui skipi styra. er vtstettar atti. aleift funa kleifar. gra | mr var sniallr a sumri. sigri ræntr jnn digri ||
61 - 118rb/24-118rb/28 (VEÞ)
Hlaut | ek fra svllt enn sota sid fregn at ek kvida vꜳ̋n | er vm hreɢs at hreíní hlyrvags skipí styra | þvi er ostræitis atti oleifr valakleifar gramr var | sialfur ꜳ svmrí sigri ræntur hínn digri·
2. Kx - 440r/21-440r/28 (DW)
Sviþa sár af mǫði | setið hefi ec opt v betra | und er a os su er sprænde | otrꜹð legi rꜹ́ðom | bys mer bloþ or þesso | beni te ec v þrec veniaz | verpr hiálmgofugr hilmir | heið sær a mic reiðe.
Holm2 - 60r/15-60r/17 (VEÞ)
Svida sar af møþi setit efi ec opt vid betra vnd era os sv er spręn | di otrꜹþ legi rꜹþvm . bys mer bloþ or þesv benj te ec vid þrec veniaz verpr hial | mgꜹfvgr hilmir heidser a mic reiþi.
321x - 227/7-227/10 (VEÞ)
Svida sar af modi. setit hefi ek | opt vid betra. und er oss su er sprændi otraud loga raudum by | ss mer blod or þessi. ben tek ek vid þrek veniaz. verpr hialm go | fugr hilmir. heidsær a mik reidi.
61 - 118rb/36-118va/2 (VEÞ)
Svida sꜳr af m | æ̋di setit hefig opt vid betra vndr er j oss hve[...] | sprændi otravdr legi rau[...] bus mer blod u[...] || hausi ben se ek vid þrek viniaz verpr hialmg | aufugur hilmir heitsær a mik reidi·
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