Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bǫðvarr balti (Balti)

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

Sigurðardrápa (Sigdr) - 4

Skj info: Bǫðvarr balti, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 504-5, BI, 476-7).

Skj poems:
Sigurðardrápa

Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 255, 263, 277) lists Bǫðvarr balti ‘Bear’ (Balti) among the poets of Sigurðr munnr ‘Mouth’ Haraldsson (d. 1155; see ‘Royal Biographies’ in Introduction to this vol.), but he is otherwise unknown. His nickname is given as halti ‘the Lame’ in Mork (see Introduction below), but that must be a scribal error because both Skáldatal and ms. U of SnE agree on balti. We do not know whether Bǫðvarr was from Iceland or Norway.

Sigurðardrápa (‘Drápa about Sigurðr’) — Balti SigdrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Bǫðvarr balti, Sigurðardrápa’ 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. 533-6.

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Skj: Bǫðvarr balti: Sigurðardrápa, o. 1150 (AI, 504-5, BI, 477-8)

SkP info: II, 533-4

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1 — Balti Sigdr 1II

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The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Nú skal lýst, hvé Lista
læskjarr konungr (harra
gerðisk afreks orða
efnd) þíns fǫður hefndir;
létuð (hjalms) at holmi
(hríð spurðisk sú víða),
ofkúgi dó jǫfra,
allvaldr Sigurð falla.

texts: Mork 251

editions: Skj Bǫðvarr balti: Sigurðardrápa 1 (AI, 504; BI, 477); Skald I, 234, NN §971; Mork 1867, 222, Mork 1928-32, 438, Andersson and Gade 2000, 387-8, 494 (Sslemb).

sources

GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 35r, 43 - 35r, 43 (Mork)  image  image  
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