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Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (Þorm)

11th century; volume 5; ed. R. D. Fulk;

I. Lausavísur (Lv) - 21

This edition is currently in preparation. The biography below may represent a superseded edition, notes and/or an interim or draft version. Do not cite this material without consulting the volume and skald editors.

Þormóðr Bersason’s (Þorm) story is told in Fóstbrœðra saga ‘Saga of the Sworn Brothers’ (Fbr), and on its witness he may be supposed to have been born c. 998 and to have died of a wound received in the battle of Stiklestad in 1030. The saga, however, is untrustworthy as to particulars, as the author seems to have derived most of his information about the poet from the poetry available to him. According to the saga, in childhood he and his friend Þorgeirr Hávarsson each swore that he would avenge the killing of the other if he lived. The latter, at the age of fifteen, avenged the killing of his father, initiating a string of thirteen killings commemorated in Þormóðr’s poem celebrating his sworn brother, ÞorgeirsdrápaDrápa about Þorgeirr’ (Þorgdr). Even though their friendship ended when Þormóðr was about fifteen, Þormóðr travelled to Greenland after Þorgeirr was killed (c. 1024), to take vengeance on the perpetrator Þorgrímr trolli (‘Troll’? see Note to Fbr 29/1) and three of his sons. The poet earned his nickname kolbrúnarskáld ‘Coal-brow’s Poet’ for having composed poetry in praise of Þórbjǫrg kolbrún Glúmsdóttir, though none of these survive (probably for reasons of a moral nature; see Boyer 1990, 80). According to Þormóðar þáttr (Þorm; see Þorm Lv 10-11I) he served King Knútr inn ríki Sveinsson (Cnut the Great) in Denmark before returning to Norway, where he spent the last part of his short life in the service of the king, Óláfr Haraldsson (S. Óláfr). According to a memorable passage in Hkr, on the morning of the battle of Stiklestad he recited Bjarkamál in fornu (Anon Bjark 1-2III) to rouse the king’s troops. For further biographical information, see Finnur Jónsson (1932-3, 31-3), ÍF 6, lii-lxx and Schach (1993).

Lausavísur — Þorm LvV (Fbr)

R. D. Fulk 2012, ‘ Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Lausavísur’ 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. 820. <> (accessed 6 July 2022)

stanzas:  10   11   15   16   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25 

cross-references:  17 = Anon (Vǫlsa) 11I 

for reference only:  18x   19x   20x   21x   22x   23x   24x   25x 

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur (AI, 281-8, BI, 260-6); stanzas (if different): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 12 | 13 | 14

SkP info: I, 826

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15 — Þorm Lv 15I

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 NRA52 Hafa þót | tvmc ec hǽttiɴ hapsǿciandi ef tǿcir hreíns viþ haldi míno hvert land | þegit branda. ríkr vilec meþ þér rǿkir randa liɴz oc fiɴi | rꜵnd berom | v́t á andra æýbꜹ́gs lifa oc dæýia.   [RDF]  edit 
 DG8 Hava þottomk ek, hæ | ttenn, hap sꝍkiande ef tꝍker, ræins við hallde minu, hvært land þeget br | anda, ʀikr vil ec með þer rꝍker, ranndar linz ok finni, rond berom ut a an | dra, ebaugs liva ok dæyia.   [RDF]  edit 
 Hb ʀikr vil ek m(e)d þer ręsir randar lindz | enn. svinni. stondum ar avndrum eybeygs. lifa ok deyja.   [RDF]  edit 
 142x rikr vil ek með þer rækir | randar linnz at sinni | stundum ár ꜳ andra | eybaugs lifa ok deyia |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 566ax rikr vil ec með þer rækir | randar linnz at sinne | stundum rond berum ut a andra | ey baugs lifa oc deyia ||   [VEÞ]  edit 
 papp4x ʀijkur vileg med þier ʀæker  ʀannda linns j vinnd | stunndumm ꜳ̋r ꜳ̋ anndra  Eybaugs lifa ok deya .   [RDF]  edit 
 Flat Hafa þottum | zst ek hættins hafs sækiande ef tækir hreíns uid halldi mínu huert | land þegit branda· rikr uil ek med þer rękir rannda línndz hínn suínne ron | d berum ut a andra eybaugs lifa ok deyía·   [RDF]  edit 
 Tóm Hafa þꜽttiz ec hꜽtín· hyrs sꜽkíannde ef tꜽker· hreinns uid halldí mínu· huert land þegit branda· ʀikr uil ec med þier ʀꜽker· rannlíngs hinn suínní. ʀaund berum uta ꜳ" anndra· eybaugs lí | fa ok deyía·   [RDF]  edit 
 141x Hafa þottumz ek heitins | haps sækiande ef tækir | hreins ʀiki halldi mino | hvert land þegit branda | rikr vil ec með þer rækir | rannda lindz hia svinne | rond berum ut a andra | eybꜹgs lifa oc deyia |   [VEÞ]  edit 

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