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Bjǫrn krepphendi (Bkrepp)

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

Magnússdrápa (Magndr) - 11

Bjǫrn (Bkrepp) is entirely unknown, and his ethnicity cannot be confirmed (Skj gives it as Icel.). Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 276) lists Bjǫrn among the poets of Magnús berfœttr ‘Barelegs’ Óláfsson (d. 1103). His nickname krepphendi appears to mean ‘the Crooked-handed’. See also SnE 1848-87, III, 622-3 and LH 1894-1901, II, 55.

Magnússdrápa (‘Drápa about Magnús’) — Bkrepp MagndrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnússdrápa’ 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. 395-405.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11 

Skj: Bjǫrn krepphendi: Magnúsdrápa, o. 1100 (AI, 434-7, BI, 404-6); stanzas (if different): 3 | 4 | 5/5-8 | 7/1-4, 6/5-8 | 7/5-8 | 8 | 9

SkP info: II, 397-8

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

2 — Bkrepp Magndr 2II

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance

 

Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnússdrápa 2’ 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. 397-8.

Snarr rauð Sygna harri
sverð á úthlaupsferðum
— vítt nam vargr at slíta
varma brôð — á Harmi.
Frátt, hvé fylkir mátti
— fór, svát hengðr vas Þórir —
— fǫr vas gunnar gǫrvis
greið — dróttinssvik leiða.

 

{The swift lord of the Sygnir} [NORWEGIAN KING = Magnús] reddened the sword on the rebels in Velfjorden; far and wide the wolf began to tear warm meat. You have heard how the leader countered high treason; it happened that Þórir was hanged; the campaign {of the wager of battle} [WARRIOR] went smoothly.

context: In Hkr and H-Hr, the st. is used as evidence for the hanging of the rebels who led the uprising against Magnús in 1094. In Mork and F, the first helmingr is cited to illustrate how Magnús rid his country of criminals.

notes: Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson led a revolt against Magnús and attempted to install a royal pretender on the the Norw. throne. For these events, and the capture and execution of the leaders of the rebellion, see also SteigÞ Biography and Kv, Þham Magndr 1 and Lv 1, Gísl Magnkv 1-8 and Anon (Mberf) 2-3.

texts: H-Hr 255, Mberf 7 (III 176), Mork 132 [1-4], Hkr 555 (III 176)

editions: Skj Bjǫrn krepphendi: Magnúsdrápa 2 (AI, 435; BI, 404); Skald I, 200, NN §3103; ÍF 28, 217 (Mberf ch. 6), E 1916, 113; Fms 7, 14 (Mberf ch. 7); Mork 1867, 142, Mork 1928-32, 315-16, Andersson and Gade 2000, 297-8, 484-5 (Mberf); F 1871, 269 (Mberf).

sources

AM 63 folx (Kx) 596r, 20 - 596r, 27 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 34ra, 31 - 34ra, 31 (Hkr)  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 32r, 14 - 32r, 16 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 307v, 5 - 307v, 12 (Hkr)  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 8v - 8v (Hkr)  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 83r, 8 - 83r, 8 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 58rb, 6 - 58rb, 6 (H-Hr)  image  
GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 23r, 17 - 23r, 18 [1-4] (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 58rb, 10 - 58rb, 11 [1-4]  image  image  image  image  
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