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Bǫðvarr balti (Balti)

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

Sigurðardrápa (Sigdr) - 4

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.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4 

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

SkP info: II, 535

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3 — Balti Sigdr 3II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bǫðvarr balti, Sigurðardrápa 3’ 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, p. 535.

Þar fell allt ok ǫrvir
— ulfr rauð á her dauðum
teðr — í tognings veðri
tveir jǫfrar lið þeira.

Þar fell allt lið þeira ok tveir ǫrvir jǫfrar í {veðri tognings}; ulfr rauð teðr á dauðum her.

There fell their entire force and two audacious princes in {the storm of the sword} [BATTLE]; the wolf reddened its teeth on the dead army.

texts: Mork 253

editions: Skj Bǫðvarr balti: Sigurðardrápa 3 (AI, 504; BI, 478); Skald I, 234; Mork 1867, 222, Mork 1928-32, 439, Andersson and Gade 2000, 388, 494 (Sslemb).

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GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 35r, 45 - 35r, 45 (Mork)  image  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated