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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, 399

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4 — Bkrepp Magndr 4II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnússdrápa 4’ 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, p. 399.

Víkinga lætr vengis
vallbaugs hati falla;
vítt rýðr jǫrn á ýtum
Óláfs mǫgr in fǫgru.

 

{The hater {of the meadow {of the field-ring}}} [SNAKE > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] makes the vikings fall; far and wide {Óláfr’s son} [= Magnús] reddens the fair weapons on men.

context: In both mss, the helmingr is recorded directly after st. 2/1-4 above, linked by Oc eɴ ‘and again’.

notes: Because of the pres. tense of the verbs, Fidjestøl (1982, 150, 173) suggests that this helmingr could have been the refrain (stef) of the drápa. If that were the case, which seems likely, it would have concluded the section of the poem dealing with Magnús’s domestic affairs. Skj and Skald place the helmingr before st. 3 above.

texts: Mork 133

editions: Skj Bjǫrn krepphendi: Magnúsdrápa 3 (AI, 435; BI, 405); Skald I, 200, NN §2046; Mork 1867, 143, Mork 1928-32, 316, Andersson and Gade 2000, 298, 485 (Mberf); F 1871, 269 (Mberf).

sources

GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 23r, 18 - 23r, 19 (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 58rb, 11 - 58rb, 13  image  image  image  image  
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