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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Blakkr (Blakkr)

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

2. Lausavísur (Lv) - 2

Skj info: Blakkr, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 537-8, BI, 518-19).

Skj poems:
1. Breiðskeggsdrápa
2. Lausavísur

Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 255, 264, 278) tells us that Blakkr (called ‘Blakkr skáld’ in Sv, ÍF 30, 176) was one of King Sverrir Sigurðarson’s poets, but none of his poems about Sverrir has survived. He stayed with Sverrir 1187-91. According to Finnur Jónsson (SnE 1848-87, III, 649; Skj) Blakkr was an Icelander, but there is no evidence to support that assumption.

Lausavísur — Blakkr LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Blakkr, Lausavísur’ 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. 649-51. <> (accessed 5 December 2021)

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Skj: Blakkr: 2. Lausavísur, 1187 (AI, 538, BI, 519)

SkP info: II, 650-1

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

2 — Blakkr Lv 2II

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Blakkr, Lausavísur 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. 650-1.

Ǫld man hitt, at hœldusk
(hvatir guldu þess skatnar)
fyrr (ór flokki þeira)
foraðstungur Kuflunga.
Nú kná bergs í bjǫrgum
— búk reiðir lô sjúkan —
— mettr vas hrafn í Hrotti —
hóts annan veg þjóta.

Ǫld man hitt, at foraðstungur Kuflunga hœldusk fyrr; hvatir skatnar ór flokki þeira guldu þess. Nú kná þjóta hóts annan veg í bjǫrgum bergs; lô reiðir sjúkan búk; hrafn vas mettr í Hrotti.

People remember this, that the terrifying tongues of the Kuflungar boasted earlier; bold warriors from their band paid for that. Now it howls quite differently in the stones of the mountain; the sea tosses the wounded torso; the raven was sated in Rott.

texts: Sv 12, Flat 818

editions: Skj Blakkr: 2. Lausavísur 2 (AI, 538; BI, 519); Skald I, 253, NN §2480E; ÍF 30, 164 (ch. 106), Sv 1920, 113, Flat 1860-8, II, 628, E 1916, 356, Sv 1910-86, 140.


AM 327 4° (327) 55v, 23 - 55v, 26 (Sv)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 155va, 61 - 155vb, 1 (Sv)  image  image  image  
Holm perg 8 fol (8) 10r, 14 - 10r, 16 (Sv)  transcr.  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 103r, 2 - 103r, 4 (Sv)  image  
AM 81 a fol (81a) 31va, 12 - 31va, 16 (Sv)  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 21r, 11 - 21r, 18  image  
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