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Bótólfr begla (Bót)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Judith Jesch;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Orkn describes Bótólfr begla (Bót) as íslenzkr maðr ok skáld gott ‘an Icelander and a good poet’ (ÍF  34, 257). The meaning of his nickname is not known but it may be related to a Norw. verb begla ‘hinder, bungle’ (Finnur Jónsson 1907, 298; Lind 1920-1, 17 cites this word as a noun). He is said to have lived at Knarrarstaðir, one of Rǫgnvaldr’s veizla-farms, which were obliged ‘to accommodate, feed and entertain the lord as he travelled round his possessions’ (Thomson 2001, 106; ÍF 34, 175). Bótólfr is not mentioned in Orkn other than in connection with this anecdote.

Lausavísa — Bót LvII

Judith Jesch 2009, ‘ Bótólfr begla, Lausavísa’ 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. 629-30. <> (accessed 7 December 2021)

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Bótolfr begla: Lausavísa, 1154 (AI, 532, BI, 513); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: II, 629-30

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1 — Bót Lv 1II

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The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Ferr at foglum harri,
firar neyta vel skeyta,
vôn á heiðar hœna
hnakka-dytts, und bakka;
þar verðr almr, es olmir
undlinns stafar finna
(land verr lofðungr brandi)
lynghœsn, dreginn kyngjum.

texts: Flat 726, Orkn 82

editions: Skj Bótolfr begla: Lausavísa (AI, 532; BI, 513); Skald I, 251; Flat 1860-8, II, 499, Orkn 1887, 196, Orkn 1913-16, 286-7, ÍF 34, 258 (ch. 94), Bibire 1988, 239.


AM 325 I 4° (325I) 18r, 7 - 18r, 10 (Orkn)  transcr.  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 142rb, 1 - 142rb, 3 (Orkn)  transcr.  image  image  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated