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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ormr Barreyjarskáld (OBarr)

10th century; volume 3; ed. Margaret Clunies Ross;

Fragments (Frag) - 2

Skj info: Ormr Barreyjarskáld, Orknøsk(?) digter, sidste halvdel af 10. årh. (AI, 143, BI, 135).

Skj poems:
Af et digt(?)

Ormr Barreyjarskáld (or Barreyjaskáld) ‘Poet of Barra’ (OBarr) (cf. ON Barrey, island in the Outer Hebrides) is known only from a single helmingr and a couplet preserved in mss of SnE (SnE 1998, I, 34, 37) and from a reference in Þorgils saga ok Hafliða to a saga about Ormr recited by a priest, Ingimundr, at a wedding at Reykjahólar in 1119 (Stu 1946, I, 27; Brown 1952, 18). This saga is there said to have included vísur margar ‘many verses’ and to have had a good flokkr towards the end. It is not certain when Ormr lived; Skj B places him in the second half of the tenth century, while Faulkes proposes the tenth or eleventh centuries (SnE 1998, II, 498). It has been suggested (e. g. Skj; SnE 1998, II, 498) that he may have come from Orkney, although his nickname indicates the Hebrides. Frag 1 may indicate that Ormr was a Christian. The form of the first element of his nickname is often given in mss of SnE in the genitive plural Barreyja-, but he has conventionally been referred to by the singular form Barreyjar- ‘of Barra’ (there is only one island of the name Barra in the Hebrides).

Fragments — OBarr FragIII

Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Ormr Barreyjarskáld, Fragments’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 320.

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Skj: Ormr Barreyjarskáld: Af et digt(?) (AI, 143, BI, 135)

SkP info: III, 320

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1 — OBarr Frag 1III

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Note: The following transcriptions have been entered to aid the editing process. These may not have been fully reviewed and checked and may therefore not be reliable. You may wish to consult the manuscript images. Any corrections can be notified to the database editor.

 R Hvegi er dravpnis drogar dis ramman spyr ec visa sa ræðr valdr| firir veldi vagn bravtar mer fagnar.   [MCR]  edit 
 Tx Hneigi er draupnis drogar dis raman spyr ec| visa, sa redr valdr fyr veldi vagnbrautar mer fagnat.   [MCR]  edit 
 W Hvegi er dravpnis drogar dis ramman spyr visa sa ræðr valdr fyr velldi vagnbr-| avtar mer fagnat.   [MCR]  edit 
 U hvegi er dravpnis| drogar disramman spyr ek visa sa ræþr valldr fyr velldi vagnbrautar mer| fagnar.   [MCR]  edit 
 B hvegi er dro᷎pniss dro᷎gar dis ramman spyr ek visa sa re᷎ðr valldr fyr velldi| vagns bravtar mer fagnar.   [MCR]  edit 
 744x huegi er dro᷎pniss dro᷎gar| dis ramman spyr ek uisa.| sa re᷎dr valldr fyr vellde| vagns brꜹtar mer fagnar.   [MCR]  edit 

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