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Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (Þorm)

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

I. Lausavísur (Lv) - 33

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 The biography below may represent a superseded edition, notes and/or an interim or draft version. Do not cite this material without consulting the volume and skald editors.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, ‘(Introduction to) 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.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   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)

SkP info: I, 827

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16 — Þorm Lv 16I

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 Flat Sex hefíg allz sizst uxu on hiallta ty fio | nir kendr er ek vid styr stundum stalregns boda uegnna þo em ek enn | at mun manna mordz uarliga ordinn uer letum þo þeirra þrito᷎gr skarar bíta |   [RDF]  edit 
 142x Sex hefik allz siþan uxum | en hiallta mer fionir | kendr em ek v styr stundum | stalregns boða vegna | þo em ek ok mun manna | morz varliga orðinn | veʀ letum þo þeirra þritugr skarar bita |   [RDF]  edit 
 566ax Sex hefi ec allz siþan uxum | or hiallta mer fiorir | kendr em ec v styr stundum | stalregns boða vegna | þo em ec oc mun manna | morz varliga orðinn | ver letum þo þeirra | þritugr skarar bita |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 DG8 Sex hævi ec allz er oro, on hiallta mer fioner, kændr | er mek við styr stundum, stalrengs boða vegna, nu emek enn oc⸍ namk | manna, morð varlegra forðom, ver letom þo þæírra, þritugr scarar — — — — — |  edit 
 141x Sex hefig allz sizst uxu | an hiallta ty fionir | kendr er ec v styr stundom | stalregns boþa vegna | þa em ec enn at mun manna | morðz varliga orðin | ver letum þo þeiʀa || þritogr scarar bita |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 761bx Sex hefik allz siþan uxum (sizt) | on hiallta mer (ty) fionir | kendr em (er) ek við styr stundum | stalregns boþa vegna | þo em ek oc (enn at) mun manna | morþz varliga orþin | ver letu⸜ǫ⸝m þo þeira þritu⸜o᷎⸝gr skarar bita· |   [RDF]  edit 

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