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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kolli inn prúði (Kolli)

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

Ingadrápa (Ingdr) - 5

Skj info: Kolli enn prúði, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 503-4, BI, 476-7).

Skj poems:

According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87 III, 255, 263, 277), Kolli inn prúði ‘the Bold’ (Kolli) was one of the poets who commemorated Ingi Haraldsson (d. 1161; see ‘Royal Biographies’ in Introduction to this vol.). Otherwise he is entirely unknown, as is his nationality.

Ingadrápa (‘Drápa about Ingi’) — Kolli IngdrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Kolli inn prúði, Ingadrápa’ 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. 528-32. <> (accessed 25 May 2022)

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Skj: Kolli enn prúði: Ingadrápa, o. 1140 (AI, 503-4, BI, 476-7)

in texts: H-Hr, Hkr, HSona, Mork

SkP info: II, 528-32

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The first three sts of IngadrápaDrápa about Ingi’ (Kolli Ingdr) are attributed to Kolli. The last two, which are transmitted only in Mork (Mork), are said to come from a drápa about King Ingi (Mork 1928-32, 433): sva segir idrapo I. konvngs ‘thus it is told in the drápa about King Ingi’. Jón Sigurðsson (SnE 1848-87, III, 362-3) believed that these two sts belonged to Einarr Skúlason’s Ingadrápa (ESk Ingdr), but, as Fidjestøl (1982, 159) points out, there are sufficient stylistic and contextual similarities between the first three and the last two sts to warrant the attribution to Kolli. Stanzas 1 and 2 are preserved in their entirety in Mork and F (which is a Mork ms. here). The first helmingar of sts 1-2 are also recorded in mss , 39, E, J2ˣ and 42ˣ of HsonaHkr and in H, Hr (H-Hr). In 42ˣ sts 1/1-4 and 2/1-4 are written together without intervening prose. Stanza 3 is transmitted in Mork, Hkr and H-Hr, and sts 4-5 only in Mork. Mork has been chosen as the main ms. The sts commemorate the battles of Minne (sts 1-2), Sörbygden (st. 3) and Holmengrå (sts 4-5). The order of the sts is determined by the chronology of events they describe. Because Kolli addresses Ingi directly in sts 1, 3-5, the poem must have been composed prior to Ingi’s death (1161). Ingdr contained a split refrain (klofastef; see also Stúfr Stúfdr and Steinn Óldr), but the refrain is incomplete and only one l. remains (see Note to st. 2/4 below).
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