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Runic Dictionary

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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, 535-6

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4 — Balti Sigdr 4II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bǫðvarr balti, Sigurðardrápa 4’ 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. 535-6.

Alls engi verðr Inga
undir sólar grundu
bǫðvar hvatr né betri
brœðr landreki œðri.

Alls engi landreki, hvatr bǫðvar, verðr œðri né betri {brœðr Inga} undir {grundu sólar}.

No land-ruler at all, brave in battle, will become more distinguished or better than {Ingi’s brother} [= Sigurðr munnr] beneath {the ground of the sun} [SKY/HEAVEN].

texts: LaufE 45 (350), Skm 108, SnE 110

editions: Skj Bǫðvarr balti: Sigurðardrápa 4 (AI, 505; BI, 478); Skald I, 235; SnE 1848-87, I, 316-17, II, 313, 526, SnE 1931, 113, SnE 1998, I, 34; LaufE 1979, 350.

sources

GKS 2367 4° (R) 26r, 8 - 26r, 9 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 26v, 23 - 26v, 23 (SnE)  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 56, 14 - 56, 15 (SnE)  image  image  image  
DG 11 (U) 29r, 12 - 29r, 13 (SnE)  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 5r, 1 - 5r, 2 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 2368 4°x (2368x) 94 - 94 (LaufE)  image  
AM 743 4°x (743x) 73v - 73v (LaufE)  image  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 229r, 2 - 229r, 5  image  
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