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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjǫrn krepphendi (Bkrepp)

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

Magnússdrápa (Magndr) - 11

Skj info: Bjǫrn krepphendi, Islandsk skjald, omkr. 1100. (AI, 434-7, BI, 404-6).

Skj poems:

Bjǫrn (Bkrepp) is entirely unknown, and his ethnicity cannot be confirmed (Skj gives it as Icel.). Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 276) lists Bjǫrn among the poets of Magnús berfœttr ‘Barelegs’ Óláfsson (d. 1103). His nickname krepphendi appears to mean ‘the Crooked-handed’. See also SnE 1848-87, III, 622-3 and LH 1894-1901, II, 55.

Magnússdrápa (‘Drápa about Magnús’) — Bkrepp MagndrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnússdrápa’ 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. 395-405. <> (accessed 24 September 2021)

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Skj: Bjǫrn krepphendi: Magnúsdrápa, o. 1100 (AI, 434-7, BI, 404-6); stanzas (if different): 3 | 4 | 5/5-8 | 7/1-4, 6/5-8 | 7/5-8 | 8 | 9

SkP info: II, 402-3

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9 — Bkrepp Magndr 9II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnússdrápa 9’ 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. 402-3.

Sanntíri laut sunnar
seggja kind und eggjar;
sigrgœðir réð síðan
snjallr Manverja falli.

Kind seggja laut und eggjar sunnar Sanntíri; {snjallr sigrgœðir} réð síðan falli Manverja.

The progeny of people bent beneath sword-blades south of Kintyre; {the courageous victory-increaser} [WARRIOR] then caused the fall of the Manxmen.

Mss: (597v), 39(34va), E(33v), J2ˣ(310v), 42ˣ(11r) (Hkr); H(88v), Hr(61rb) (H-Hr); Mork(23r) (Mork, ll. 3-4); F(58rb) (ll. 3-4)

Readings: [1] Sann‑: so 39, ‘Sa‑’ Kˣ, H, ‘sa‑’ E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ, H;    ‑tíri: ‘‑tir’ 39, ‘tírís’ H, Hr;    laut sunnar: hné sveitar H, Hr;    sunnar: sunnan 42ˣ    [3] ‑gœðir: ‘‑greþir’ 42ˣ    [4] Man‑: mann‑ 39, H, Mork, mun‑ J2ˣ;    falli: ‘fialli’ 42ˣ

Editions: Skj: Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnúsdrápa 7/5-8: AI, 436, BI, 405-6, Skald I, 200; ÍF 28, 221 (Mberf ch. 9), E 1916, 118; Fms 7, 42-3 (Mberf ch. 20); Mork 1867, 143, Mork 1928-32, 316, Andersson and Gade 2000, 298, 485 (Mberf); F 1871, 269 (Mberf).

Context: As sts 5-8 above.

Notes: [All]: In the Hkr and H-Hr versions, the poet is named and sts 8/1-4 and 9 are given as one. Lines 1-2 are not recorded in Mork and F, where ll. 3-4 form a helmingr with st. 6/1-2 above. — [1] Sanntíri ‘Kintyre’: The prose texts render the p. n. as Saltíri (, 39) or Sátíri (all others). It is not clear whether Saltíri had a long or a short a in ON (Sáltíri?; see ÍF 12, 224 n. 2). The OIr. form of the word was Sáltíre ‘headland’, MIr. Ceantíre (ÍF 12, 224 n. 2; AEW: Santíri). Sanntíri (corresponding to the MIr. rather than to the OIr. form) is confirmed by the internal rhyme -ann- : -unn-. Sanntír in 39 must have been caused by the scribe’s attempt to restore the internal rhyme, because the prose text gives Saltíri. That is also the case in H-Hr, where Sátíris hné sveitar restores the internal rhyme (see Louis-Jensen 1977, 153), but this change produces an awkward reading: kind seggja Sátíris hné und eggjar sveitar ‘the progeny of Kintyre’s people sank down beneath the troop’s sword-blades’ (ll. 1-2).

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