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:
Ingadrápa

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, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

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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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1 Unnuð austr fyr Mynni
oddhríð, ok brátt síðan,
hilmir, fekk und hjalmi
hrafns verðar lið sverðum.
Lǫgðuð ér, en eirar
ǫrr synjaðir brynju,
— ungr varðir þú, þengill,
þitt land — saman randir.
You fought a point-storm [BATTLE] east by Minne, and, ruler, soon thereafter the host beneath the helmet furnished raven’s food [CORPSES] with swords. You crashed shields together and, brave, you refused mercy to the byrnie; lord, as a youth you defended your land.
2 Fyrr lá hans, an harri
hringmildr þaðan vildi,
verðung ǫll á velli.
Vígfimr konungr himni.
Sundr klauf siklingr Þrœnda
sóknfúss of Magnúsi
(þér fekksk hǫlfu hæri)
herskriptr (jǫfurr, giptu).
His entire host lay on the field before the ring-generous lord [= Magnús] would retreat. …The battle-skilled king heaven…. The war-eager ruler of the Þrœndir [NORWEGIAN KING = Ingi] cleft asunder the painted shields around Magnús; prince, you were given twice as much luck.
3 Lýsa munk, hvé ljósa
— laut hrafn í ben Gauta —
— ǫrn fylldit sik sjaldan —
sárísa rauð vísi.
Goldit varð, þeims gerðu,
glaumherðǫndum sverða,
— rauns at ríki þínu —
róg, á Krókaskógi.
I shall describe how the ruler reddened bright wound-icicles [SWORDS]; the raven bent over the wounds of the Gautar; not seldom did the eagle sate itself. The strengtheners of the racket of swords [(lit. ‘racket-strengtheners of swords’) BATTLE > WARRIORS] who caused strife were repaid in Sörbygden; there is proof of your power.
4 Rauðri dreif, þás rjúfa
réð ǫld fyr gram skjǫldu,
mjǫll, áðr Magnús felli
morðgjarn, þrumu jarna.
Harmar engr, þvít, Ingi,
átt ráða vel láði
(dǫkk fell drjúgt á skokka)
dráp Sigvarðar (vápna).
The red snow-flakes of the roar of weapons [BATTLE > BLOOD] drifted when men split shields before the ruler, before battle-eager Magnús fell. No one mourns the slaying of Sigurðr, because you, Ingi, are fully entitled to rule the land; the pool of weapons [BLOOD] fell persistently onto the bottom-boards.
5 Syndi sjalfr at landi,
snjallr, en þú brátt allri,
— vel of hrósak því — vísi,
valkǫstr, Munins fǫstu.
Ulfs bǫrnum varð arnar
einkar tíðr í víðu
— borð ruðu frægir fyrðar —
fundr Langeyjarsundi.
The very corpse-heap floated ashore and you, brave prince, put an end to the whole fast of Muninn <raven>; indeed I praise that. The encounter with the eagle was especially welcome to the brood of the wolf in wide Langösund; famous men reddened ship-planks.
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