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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, 399-400

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5 — Bkrepp Magndr 5II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bjǫrn krepphendi, Magnússdrápa 5’ 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. 399-400.

Lék of Ljóðhús fíkjum
limsorg náar himni;
vítt vas ferð á flótta
fús; gaus eldr ór húsum.

 

{The branch-sorrow} [FIRE] played fiercely near the sky throughout Lewis; far and wide the crowds were eager for flight; fire gushed from houses.

context: Stanzas 5-9 document Magnús’s harrying in the Hebrides, along the coast of Scotland and on the Isle of Man during his first campaign to the west in 1098 (see Introduction to the poem above).

notes: The half-st. is recorded in Hkr and H-Hr only, where it is given as ll. 1-4 of our st. 7. According to the prose of Mork, F and Fsk (ÍF 29, 307), Magnús first descended on the island of Lewis in his series of attacks on the Hebrides.

texts: Fris, H-Hr 261, Mberf 9 (III 178a), Mork, Hkr 557 (III 178a)

editions: Skj Bjǫrn krepphendi: Magnúsdrápa 5/1-4 (AI, 435; BI, 405); Skald I, 200; ÍF 28, 219 (Mberf ch. 8), E 1916, 118; Fms 7, 41 (Mberf ch. 20).

sources

AM 63 folx (Kx) 597r, 10 - 597r, 17 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 34rb, 25 - 34rb, 27 (Hkr)  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 33v, 14 - 33v, 16 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 310r, 4 - 310r, 7 (Hkr)  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 10v, 21 - 10v, 24 (Hkr)  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 88v, 16 - 88v, 16 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 61rb, 19 - 61rb, 19 (H-Hr)  image  
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