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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Níkulás Bergsson (Ník)

12th century; volume 7; ed. Beatrice La Farge;

III. Kristsdrápa (Kristdr) - 1

Skj info: Níkulás Bergsson, Islandsk abbed og skjald, d. 1159. (AI, 560, BI, 546-7).

Skj poems:
1. Jóansdrápa postola
2. Kristsdrápa(?)

Modern scholars consider the Icelandic Benedictine monk Níkulás Bergsson (d. 1159 or 1160) to be the ‘Abbot Nikulás’ who wrote Leiðarvísir (‘Guide pointing out the way’), a guidebook for pilgrims about the routes from Northern Europe to Rome and Jerusalem (Hill 1993a, 390). Níkulás became the abbot of the Benedictine monastery at Þverá (Munkaþverá, founded 1155) in Northern Iceland (Eyjafjörður).

Kristsdrápa (‘Drápa about Christ’) — Ník KristdrIII

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘ Níkulás Bergsson, Kristsdrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 299. <> (accessed 26 May 2022)


Skj: Níkulás Bergsson: 2. Kristsdrápa(?) (AI, 560, BI, 547); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: III, 299

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1 — Ník Kristdr 1III

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Níkulás Bergsson, Kristsdrápa 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 299.

Tveir, hykk, at ber bæri
beitnôrungar — heitnu
stund esa lífs á landi
lǫng — meðal sín á stǫngu.
Þat kníðu ber báðir
— bergr oss trúa — á krossi
— svá hefr aldin goð goldit —
Gýðingr ok heiðingi.

Hykk, at {tveir beitnôrungar} bæri ber meðal sín á stǫngu; stund esa lǫng á heitnu landi lífs. Báðir, Gýðingr ok heiðingi, kníðu þat ber á krossi; trúa bergr oss; svá hefr goð goldit aldin.

I believe that {two ship-nourishers} [SEAFARERS] carried the grape between them on a pole; time is not long in the promised land of life. Both, the Jew and the heathen, oppressed that grape on the cross; faith saves us; thus God has repaid the fruit.

texts: TGT 122, Gramm 124

editions: Skj Níkulás Bergsson: 2. Kristsdrápa(?) (AI, 560; BI, 547); Skald I, 265; SnE 1848-87, II, 186-7, 427, III, 152-3, TGT 1884, 31-2, 117, 236, TGT 1927, 88, 109-10.


AM 748 I b 4° (A) 8r, 23 - 8r, 26 (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 111, 3 - 111, 5 (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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