Bjarni Kálfsson (BjKálfs)
12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;
Lausavísa (Lv) - 1
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.
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 23 May 2022)
Skj: Bjarni Kálfsson: 1. Lausavísa, 1182 (AI, 536-7, BI, 517); stanzas (if different): [v]
SkP info: II, 639-40
1 — BjKálfs Lv 1II
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 nú 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.
Sék hvern fant á hesti, en lendir menn ganga; hérs nú inn vesti siðr; vér eigum langa leið. Hirðmenn skulu hlaupa, en matsveinar ríða; hér esat gótt til kaupa; munkak kvíða mǫrgu.
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.
texts: ‹Flat 815›,
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.