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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorkell Gíslason (ÞGísl)

12th century; volume 1; ed. Emily Lethbridge;

Búadrápa (Búdr) - 12

Skj info: Þórkell Gíslason, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 553-5, BI, 536-8).

Skj poems:

Þorkell (ÞGísl) is named as the poet of Búadrápa in ÓT (1958-2000, 180), but beyond that nothing is known about him and his name does not appear in Skáldatal.

Búadrápa — ÞGísl BúdrI

Emily Lethbridge and Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þorkell Gíslason, Búadrápa’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 941.

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Skj: Þórkell Gíslason: Búadrápa (AI, 553-5, BI, 536-8)

SkP info: I, 948

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7 — ÞGísl Búdr 7I

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Cite as: Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 7’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 948.

Gullu hræs haukar;
hvassir benlaukar
skýfðu liðs leggi;
lamði grjót seggi.
Gnustu gráir malmar
— gengu í sundr hjalmar —
— hauks vasat friðr fjǫllum —
í fjǫrnis stǫllum.

{Haukar hræs} gullu; {hvassir benlaukar} skýfðu leggi liðs; grjót lamði seggi. Gráir malmar gnustu í {stǫllum fjǫrnis}; hjalmar gengu í sundr; friðr vasat {fjǫllum hauks}.

{The hawks of the corpse} [RAVENS/EAGLES] screamed; {sharp wound-leeks} [SWORDS] slashed the limbs of the troop; stones beat men. Grey metal weapons crashed on {the supports of the helmet} [HEADS]; helmets burst apart; there was no peace {for the mountains of the hawk} [ARMS].

Mss: 61(19vb), 53(16rb), 54(16rb), Bb(26va) (ÓT)

Readings: [1] hræs: hregg‑ 53, 54, Bb    [8] fjǫrnis: ‘fornis’ Bb

Editions: Skj: Þórkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 7: AI, 554, BI, 537, Skald I, 261; Fms 1, 173-4, Fms 12, 43, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 190 (ch. 90); Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 27, 80. 

Context: The battle continues. Although the Jómsvíkingar have bigger ships, both sides fight most boldly. A great number of Hákon jarl’s men are struck down by arrows and stones.

Notes: [1] haukar hræs ‘the hawks of the corpse [RAVENS/EAGLES]’: This is a common pattern of kenning for a bird of battle. The cpd hregghaukar ‘storm-hawks’ in 53, 54, Bb could stand if hregg ‘storm’ is taken, unusually, as a heiti for ‘battle’ (cf. Note to Jǫk Lv 1/3) and the referent thereby as ravens or eagles. — [5-8]: An alternative possibility to the construal here is to read l. 5 as a self-contained clause and ll. 7-8 together, with the sense ‘there was no peace for the mountains of the hawk [ARMS] against the supports of the helmet [HEADS]’, i.e. warriors’ arms were busy in action against enemy heads. Ólafur Halldórsson (2000, 80) presents this alternative in his prose order; the other eds cited take l. 5 together with l. 8 as above. — [8] stǫllum fjǫrnis ‘the supports of the helmet [HEADS]’: See Note to st. 6/4.

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