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Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson (Bjbp)

13th century; volume 1; ed. Jonna Louis-Jensen;

Jómsvíkingadrápa (Jóms) - 45

Bjarni Kolbeinsson (Bjbp) was born into a powerful family in the Orkney Islands, possibly c. 1150-60 (af Petersens, Jvs 1879, 122). His father was the Norwegian-Orcadian chieftain Kolbeinn hrúga ‘Heap’ and his mother was Herborg, a great-granddaughter of Páll jarl Þorfinnsson on the maternal side (see Ættaskrár [Genealogies] II in ÍF 35). Bjarni was also very well connected: he was a close friend of Haraldr jarl Maddaðarson (ÍF 35, 289), sent precious gifts to Hrafn Sveinbjarnarson in Iceland on three occasions (Guðrún P. Helgadóttir 1987, 2-3), and had connections with the Oddaverjar (see further Einar Ól. Sveinsson 1937, 17-18, 34-9).

Bjarni was Bishop of Orkney from 1188 (ÍF 35, 289) until his death on 15 September 1223. Among his achievements as bishop were the exhumation and canonisation of Rǫgnvaldr jarl Kali Kolsson (ÍF 35, 282; SkP II, 575) and the extension of St Magnús’s Cathedral in Kirkwall. Bjarni was also a diplomat and is known to have travelled to Norway for political reasons in 1194-5, 1208-9, 1210, 1218 and 1223 (see Bugge 1875, 244; Holtsmark 1937a, 2-3); he probably died in Norway (Jón Stefánsson 1907-8, 46).

Bjarni is introduced as Bjarni skáld ‘Poet’ in Orkn (ÍF 35, 193), but Jómsvíkingadrápa (Jóms) is the only literary work attributed to him in medieval sources. Suggestions that he compiled Orkn (Jón Stefánsson 1907-8) and the þulur in SnE (Bugge 1875) have not been generally accepted; see Introduction to Jóms below on the attribution of Anon Mhkv to Bjarni.

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Jómsvíkingadrápa (‘Drápa about the Jómsvíkingar’) — Bjbp JómsI

Emily Lethbridge 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 954.

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Skj: Bjarni Kolbeinsson: Jómsvíkingadrápa (AII, 1-10, BII, 1-10); stanzas (if different): 2 | 3 | 4

SkP info: I, 973

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17 — Bjbp Jóms 17I

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lemmatised words

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3at (prep.) ‘at, to...’ — 17/3

4at (conj.) ‘that...’ — 17/1

3á (prep.) ‘on, at...’ — 17/5

bjóða (verb) [°býðr; bauð, buðu; boðinn (buð- Thom¹ 5²n.)] ‘offer, order, invite...’buðu 17/7

firar (noun m.) ‘men...’ — 17/6

floti (noun m.) ‘fleet...’flota 17/2

Geirmundr (noun m.) ‘Geirmundr...’Geirmundi 17/8

geirr (noun m.) ‘spear...’Geir 17/8

gjarn (adj.) [°compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘eager...’gjarnir 17/6

harðr (adj.) [°comp. -ari; superl. -astr] ‘hard, harsh...’harðan 17/5

heldr (adv.) ‘rather...’ — 17/5

hernaðr (noun m.) ‘raiding campaign...’hernuð 17/6

2Jaðarr (noun m.) ‘Jæren...’Jaðri 17/3

jól (noun n.) [°; -] ‘midwinter feast...’jóla 17/3

jólanátt (noun f.)jólanótt 17/3

jómsvíkingr (noun m.) ‘[Jómsvíkingar]...’Jómsvíkingar 17/4

koma (verb) [kem, kom/kvam, kominn] ‘come...’kœmi 17/4

mundr (noun m.) ‘hand...’mundi 17/8

nátt (noun f.) [°náttar/nǽtr, dat. -/-u; nǽtr] ‘night...’nótt 17/3

ormr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i; -ar] ‘serpent...’orma 17/8

randormr (noun m.)randorma 17/8

rauðr (adj.) [°compar. -ari] ‘red...’rauðra 17/1

reynandi (noun m.) ‘[testers, trier]...’reynendr 17/2

ríki (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘kingdom, power...’ — 17/7

rjóðandi (noun m.) ‘reddener...’rjóðendr 17/7

rǫnd (noun f.) [°dat. -/-u; rendr/randir] ‘shield, shield-rim...’rand 17/8, randa 17/1

segja (verb) ‘say, tell...’Sagt 17/1

3sinn (pron.) [°f. sín, n. sitt] ‘(refl. poss. pron.)...’sínum 17/2

2vera (verb) ‘be, is, was, were, are, am...’var 17/1, Váru 17/5

 

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