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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.

my abbr.

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

Emily Lethbridge 2012, ‘ 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. <> (accessed 28 September 2021)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39   40   41   42   43   44   45 

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

SkP info: I, 980

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24 — Bjbp Jóms 24I

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lemmatised words

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arfi (noun m.) [°-a; -ar] ‘heir, heiress...’ — 24/5

3á (prep.) ‘on, at...’á 24/4, 24/3

biðja (verb) [°biðr; bað, báðu; beðinn (beiþ- Martin¹ 573‡, bỏþ- HákEirsp 661‰, cf. ed. intr. xl)] ‘ask for, order, pray...’bað 24/1

fram (adv.) ‘out, forth, forwards, away...’framm 24/7

fyr (prep.) ‘for, over, because of, etc....’ — 24/7

2ganga (verb) [geng, gekk, gengu, genginn] ‘walk, go...’ — 24/2, gekk 24/7

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’ — 24/3, 24/7

Haraldr (noun m.) ‘Haraldr...’Haralds 24/5

harðr (adj.) [°comp. -ari; superl. -astr] ‘hard, harsh...’hart 24/8

Hákun (noun m.) ‘[Hákon]...’Hákuni 24/4

hildarǫrr (adj.) — 24/6

1hildr (noun f.) ‘battle...’hildar 24/6

1hjalmr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i; -ar] ‘helmet...’hjálma 24/5

hlíf (noun f.) [°-ar; -ar] ‘shield, defence...’hlífar 24/7

kljúfa (verb) ‘cleave...’klauf 24/5

móti (prep.) ‘against...’móti 24/4

nøkkurr (pron.) ‘some, a certain...’nakkvara 24/8

3ok (conj.) ‘and, but; also...’ — 24/6

samr (adj.) [°compar. -ari] ‘same...’ — 24/3

sátt (noun f.) [°-ar; -ir] ‘settlement...’sáttir 24/3

sigr (noun m.) [°sigrs/sigrar, dat. sigri; sigrar] ‘victory...’Sig 24/1

Sigvaldi (noun m.) ‘Sigvaldi...’Sigvaldi 24/1

3sinn (pron.) [°f. sín, n. sitt] ‘(refl. poss. pron.)...’sína 24/1

skjǫldr (noun m.) [°skjaldar/skildar, dat. skildi; skildir, acc. skjǫldu] ‘shield...’skjǫldu 24/6

1snerta (noun f.) [°-u] ‘onslaught...’snertu 24/8

sókn (noun f.) [°-ar; -ir] ‘attack, fight...’ — 24/2

sóknstrangr (adj.) ‘attack-strong...’sóknstranga 24/2

strangr (adj.) ‘strong...’stranga 24/2

sveit (noun f.) [°-ar; -ir] ‘host, company...’sveit 24/4

1valdi (noun m.) ‘ruler...’ — 24/1

vel (adv.) ‘well, very...’ — 24/2

2vera (verb) ‘be, is, was, were, are, am...’varat 24/3

ǫrr (adj.) ‘generous, brave...’ — 24/6


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