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Guðbrandr í Svǫlum (Guðbr)

13th century; volume 4; ed. Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir;

Fragment (Frag) - 1

This edition is currently in preparation. The biography below may represent a superseded edition, notes and/or an interim or draft version. Do not cite this material without consulting the volume and skald editors.

Guðbrandr is introduced in Hrafn without a patronymic and nothing is known about his life or family. A couplet in the Málskrúðsfræði in the Third Grammatical Treatise (3GT) by Ólafr hvítaskáld is attributed to a Guðbrandr and it has been suggested that he is the same poet that composed a helmingr about Hrafn Sveinbjarnarson (Finnur Jónsson, 1923, 169). In 3GT the couplet is introduced with the words sem Guðbrandr kvað í Svǫlu ‘As Guðbrandr composed in/from Svǫlu’. Finnur Jónsson was inclined to interpret Svǫlu or Svǫlum as a place name, but acknowledged that it could also be the name of a poem (1923, 169; 1927, 57), as Björn M. Ólsen suggested (1884, 194). The poet is called Guðbrandr í Svǫlum in Skj. Guðrún P. Helgadóttir proposed that the poet Guðbrandr could be the same man as Guðbrandr Gestsson who is mentioned in Hrafn in connection with ominous stanzas recited by a dream-man called Ingólfr (or Ingúlfr) earlier in the story (1987, xlii).

Fragment — Guðbr FragIV

Not published: do not cite (Guðbr FragIV)

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Guðbrandr í Svǫlu(m?): (AII, 129-13, BII, 137); stanzas (if different): 2

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1 — Guðbr Frag 1IV

Cite as: Not published: do not cite (Guðbr Frag 1IV)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page.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).

Betr vill ægis otra
opt, tók Hrafn við Lopti,
(raun sannar þat) rennir
rausngjarn hafa en aðrir.

texts: Hrafn 23

editions: Skj Guðbrandr í Svǫlu(m?): 1 (AII, 129; BII, 137); Skald II, 73, NN §2293; Hrafn 1987, 27, 107, HrafnSt / Stu II 1988, 911; Jón Þorkelsson 1872, 32-33.


AM 155 folx (155x) 18v, 16 - 18v, 17 (Hrafn)  transcr.  image  
AM 154 folx (154x) 47, 8 - 47, 11 (Hrafn)  transcr.  
AM 487 4°x (487x) 40v, 17 - 40v, 20 (Hrafn)  transcr.  image  
Thott 983 folx (983x) 47, 11 - 47, 14 (Hrafn)  transcr.  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 142v, 18 - 142v, 21 (Hrafn)  transcr.  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated