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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjarni Kálfsson (BjKálfs)

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

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Bjarni Kálfsson, Islandsk(?) skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 536-7, BI, 517).

Skj poems:
1. Lausavísa

Nothing is known about Bjarni Kálfsson (BjKálfs), except that he is called ‘skáld’ and was in the company of the Norw. king Sverrir Sigurðarson in the winter of 1182. Skj gives his ethnicity as Icel. That cannot be confirmed, but an Icelander with the same name residing in Miðfjörður in 1184 is mentioned in Sturlunga saga (Stu 1878, I, 101). If the two Bjarnis are identical, Bjarni Kálfsson was the father of the skald Tannr Bjarnason (TannrIV). The st. below is the only poetry by Bjarni that survives.

Lausavísa — BjKálfs LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Bjarni Kálfsson, Lausavísa’ 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. 639-40. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1120> (accessed 5 December 2021)

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Skj: Bjarni Kálfsson: 1. Lausavísa, 1182 (AI, 536-7, BI, 517); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: II, 639-40

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1 — BjKálfs Lv 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bjarni Kálfsson, Lausavísa 1’ 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. 639-40.

Fant sék hvern á hesti,
— hérs siðr inn vesti —
— leið eigum vér langa —
en lendir menn ganga.
Hirðmenn skulu hlaupa,
— hér esat gótt til kaupa —
— munkak mǫrgu kvíða —
en matsveinar ríða.

 

I see every servant on a horse and the district chieftains are walking; now here’s the worst habit; we have a long way [to go]. The retainers must run and the cooks are riding; there is no good bargain here; I’m not going to fear much.

context: In February 1182, Magnús Erlingsson makes another surprise attack on Sverrir Sigurðarson’s garrison in Trondheim (see HSn Lv 1-2 above), and those of Sverrir’s men who are able to escape from the stronghold are forced to regroup and flee south on foot. Sverrir is en route north from Oslo on horseback with the rest of his troops when he meets those who fled from Trondheim in the mountains at Hjerkinn (Dovre). The soldiers in Sverrir’s army taunt the men from Trondheim and refuse to give up their horses. Bjarni, who is among the refugees, responds to the situation with this st.

texts: Flat 815, Sv 6

editions: Skj Bjarni Kálfsson: 1. Lausavísa (AI, 536-7; BI, 517); Skald I, 253; ÍF 30, 107 (ch. 68), Sv 1920, 75, Flat 1860-8, II, 596, E 1916, 320, Sv 1910-86, 89.

sources

AM 327 4° (327) 36v, 21 - 36v, 24 (Sv)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 152ra, 50 - 152ra, 50 (Sv)  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 92r, 17 - 92r, 19 (Sv)  image  
AM 81 a fol (81a) 20ra - 20ra (Sv)  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 15r, 2 - 15r, 9  image  
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