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Kolgrímr litli (Kolgr)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Poem about Óláfr helgi (Ól) - 1

The story of Kolgrímr litli ‘the Small’ (Kolgr) is recorded in Þorgríms þáttr Hallasonar (Þorgr) in MgóðH-Hr (Fms 6, 30-5; ÍF 9, 299-303; Louis-Jensen 1977, 109-10). Kolgrímr was an Icelander who travelled to Norway in the company of Þorgrímr Hallason and Þorgrímr’s two sons, as well as Bjarni (gullbrárskáld?) and Bjarni’s brother Þórðr. They stayed the winter with the powerful magnate Kálfr Árnason because King Magnús inn góði Óláfsson, whose company they sought, was in Denmark. Þorgrímr killed Bjarni on account of slander, and Þórðr killed Þorgrímr in return. Kolgrímr avenged Þorgrímr by wounding Þórðr severely and was imprisoned by Kálfr. When King Magnús returned, Kolgrímr was pardoned after reciting a poem in honour of King Óláfr Haraldsson (S. Óláfr), Magnús’s father. Kolgrímr went on a pilgrimage, returned to Iceland and became a merchant.

Poem about Óláfr helgi — Kolgr ÓlII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Kolgrímr litli, Poem about Óláfr helgi’ 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. 8.

stanzas:  1 

Skj: Kolgrímr lítli: Et digt om Magnus den gode, o. 1038 (AI, 331, BI, 305); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: II, 8

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The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page.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

Herstillis þarfk hylli,
hǫlf eru vǫld und Kalfi.

texts: H-Hr 9, Þorgr 1

editions: Skj Kolgrímr lítli: Et digt om Magnus den gode (AI, 331; BI, 305); Skald I, 155; Fms 6, 35 (Mgóð ch. 20), ÍF 9, 303 (Þorgr).


AM 66 fol (H) 3r - 3r (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 5rb, 32 - 5rb, 33 (H-Hr)  transcr.  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 224r, 3 - 224r, 4  image  
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