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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, 949

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9 — ÞGísl Búdr 9I

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Cite as: Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 9’ 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. 949.

Hagl vá hvert eyri;
hraut á lǫg dreyri
— blóð þó bens ôrum —
ór bragna sôrum.
Þar fell valr víða;
vé sá gylld ríða;
barðisk sveit snarla
á snekkjum jarla.

Hvert hagl vá eyri; dreyri hraut á lǫg ór sôrum bragna; blóð þó {ôrum bens}. Valr fell þar víða; sá gylld vé ríða; sveit barðisk snarla á snekkjum jarla.

Each hailstone weighed an ounce; gore spurted onto the sea from the wounds of men; blood washed {the oars of the wound} [SWORDS]. The slain fell there widely; [one] saw gilded standards sway; the company fought boldly on the warships of the jarls.

Mss: 61(20ra), 53(16va), 54(16rb), Bb(26vb) (ÓT)

Readings: [2] lǫg: ‘lo’ Bb    [3] bens ôrum: beimsôrum 53, beinsôrum 54, Bb    [5] Þar: þó 53, 54, Bb;    valr: vals Bb    [6] gylld: ‘gulld’ 53, gild 54, Bb;    ríða: hríða Bb

Editions: Skj: Þórkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 9: AI, 555, BI, 537-8, Skald I, 261; Fms 1, 175, Fms 12, 44, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 192 (ch. 90); Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 28, 81.

Context: Hákon returns to his ship and urges on his men; a great storm blows up to the disadvantage of the Jómsvíkingar; each hailstone is so large it weighs an ounce.

Notes: [All]: Bb has numerous corrupt readings. — [3] ôrum bens ‘the oars of the wound [SWORDS]’: This (bens ôrum in the Text) is an attested sword-kenning pattern (Meissner 153); the variant beinsôrum (so 54, Bb) ‘bone-wounds’ does not give good sense and duplicates sôrum in l. 4. — [4]: The adverbial phrase is taken with l. 2 in this edn. It could alternatively qualify l. 3 (so Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 81). — [8] snekkjum ‘the warships’: Cf. ÞjóðA Magnfl 2/2, 3II, where a ship referred to as snekkja is also þvítǫgt skip ‘thirty-benched ship’, and Note. 

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