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Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (Þorm)

11th century; volume 5; ed. R. D. Fulk;

I. Lausavísur (Lv) - 33

This edition is currently in preparation. The biography below may represent a superseded edition, notes and/or an interim or draft version. Do not cite this material without consulting the volume and skald editors.

Þormóðr Bersason’s (Þorm) story is told in Fóstbrœðra saga ‘Saga of the Sworn Brothers’ (Fbr), and on its witness he may be supposed to have been born c. 998 and to have died of a wound received in the battle of Stiklestad in 1030. The saga, however, is untrustworthy as to particulars, as the author seems to have derived most of his information about the poet from the poetry available to him. According to the saga, in childhood he and his friend Þorgeirr Hávarsson each swore that he would avenge the killing of the other if he lived. The latter, at the age of fifteen, avenged the killing of his father, initiating a string of thirteen killings commemorated in Þormóðr’s poem celebrating his sworn brother, ÞorgeirsdrápaDrápa about Þorgeirr’ (Þorgdr). Even though their friendship ended when Þormóðr was about fifteen, Þormóðr travelled to Greenland after Þorgeirr was killed (c. 1024), to take vengeance on the perpetrator Þorgrímr trolli (‘Troll’? see Note to Fbr 29/1) and three of his sons. The poet earned his nickname kolbrúnarskáld ‘Coal-brow’s Poet’ for having composed poetry in praise of Þórbjǫrg kolbrún Glúmsdóttir, though none of these survive (probably for reasons of a moral nature; see Boyer 1990, 80). According to Þormóðar þáttr (Þorm; see Þorm Lv 10-11I) he served King Knútr inn ríki Sveinsson (Cnut the Great) in Denmark before returning to Norway, where he spent the last part of his short life in the service of the king, Óláfr Haraldsson (S. Óláfr). According to a memorable passage in Hkr, on the morning of the battle of Stiklestad he recited Bjarkamál in fornu (Anon Bjark 1-2III) to rouse the king’s troops. For further biographical information, see Finnur Jónsson (1932-3, 31-3), ÍF 6, lii-lxx and Schach (1993).

Lausavísur — Þorm LvV (Fbr)

R. D. Fulk 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, 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. 820.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25 

cross-references:  17 = Anon (Vǫlsa) 11I 

for reference only:  18x   19x   20x   21x   22x   23x   24x   25x 

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur (AI, 281-8, BI, 260-6)

SkP info: I, 837

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22 — Þorm Lv 22I

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Note: The following transcriptions have been entered to aid the editing process. These may not have been fully reviewed and checked and may therefore not be reliable. You may wish to consult the manuscript images. Any corrections can be notified to the database editor.

 Hb Haralldr var bitr | at beriaz bodreifr með oleifi. þar gekk hardra hringr ok dagr at þingi | redvz þeir vnd rꜹdar randir prvtt at standa fekk benðiðvʀ blakkan bior | doglingar fiorir.  edit 
 142x Haraldr var bitr at beriaz | bauðreifr með oleifi | þar geck harðr a hiorfa | hringr ok dagr at þingi | reðu þeir um rauðar | randir prutt at standa | feck benþiðrs blacki | bior dauglingar fiorir |  edit 
 566ax Haralldr var bitr at beriaz | bauðreifr með Oleifi | þar geck harðra hiorfa | Hringr oc Dagr at þingi | reðu þeir um rauðar | randir prutt at standa | feck benþiðrs blacki | bior dauglingar fiorir |  edit 
 Flat Haralldr uar bítr at beriazst baudræífr med ole | ífui þar gek hardra híorua hringr ok dagr aþínge ʀedu þeir und | ʀaudar ʀandir prutt at standa fek benþidurs blacki bíor do᷎g || língar fiorir·  edit 
 A Ringr ok dagr at þingi.  edit 
 W Hringr ok dagr að | þingi.  edit 
 141x Haraldr var bitr at beriaz | bꜹðreifr með Oleifi | þar geck harðra hiorva | hringr oc Dagr at þinge | reðu þeir unð rauðar | randir prutt at standa | fecc benþiðurs blacki | bior do᷎glingar fiorir |   edit 
 B Hringr ok dagr at | þinge  edit 
 761bx Haralldr var bifr (bitr) at beriaz | bauþreifr meþ Oleifi | þar geck harþra hiorva | hringr oc dagr at (a) þingi | reþu þeir um (und) rauþar | randir prutt at standa | feck benþiþurs blacki | bior dauglingar fiorir. |  edit 

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