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Kolgrímr litli (Kolgr)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Poem about Óláfr helgi (Ól) - 1

The story of Kolgrímr litli ‘the Small’ (Kolgr) is recorded in Þorgríms þáttr Hallasonar (Þorgr) in MgóðH-Hr (Fms 6, 30-5; ÍF 9, 299-303; Louis-Jensen 1977, 109-10). Kolgrímr was an Icelander who travelled to Norway in the company of Þorgrímr Hallason and Þorgrímr’s two sons, as well as Bjarni (gullbrárskáld?) and Bjarni’s brother Þórðr. They stayed the winter with the powerful magnate Kálfr Árnason because King Magnús inn góði Óláfsson, whose company they sought, was in Denmark. Þorgrímr killed Bjarni on account of slander, and Þórðr killed Þorgrímr in return. Kolgrímr avenged Þorgrímr by wounding Þórðr severely and was imprisoned by Kálfr. When King Magnús returned, Kolgrímr was pardoned after reciting a poem in honour of King Óláfr Haraldsson (S. Óláfr), Magnús’s father. Kolgrímr went on a pilgrimage, returned to Iceland and became a merchant.

Poem about Óláfr helgi — Kolgr ÓlII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Kolgrímr litli, Poem about Óláfr helgi’ 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, p. 8. <> (accessed 28 June 2022)

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Kolgrímr lítli: Et digt om Magnus den gode, o. 1038 (AI, 331, BI, 305); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: H-Hr, Þorgr

SkP info: II, 8

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The couplet (Kolgr Ól), from the poem about Óláfr Haraldsson mentioned above, is recorded in MgóðH-Hr (H, Hr). Finnur Jónsson (Skj) mistakenly assigns it to a poem about Magnús inn góði, while Skald does not indicate to which poem it belongs.
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