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Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld (Þskakk)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Erlingsdrápa (Erldr) - 3

Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld ‘Skakki’s Poet’ (Þskakk) is unknown. Finnur Jónsson (Skj) gives his nationality as Icel., but that is conjectural. According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 255, 257, 264, 266, 277-8, 281) he composed about Jarl Erlingr skakki ‘the Tilting’ Kyrpinga-Ormsson (d. 1179), Erlingr’s son Magnús (d. 1184) and Sverrir Sigurðarson (d. 1202). Only the three sts from his poetry about Erlingr survive.

Erlingsdrápa — Þskakk ErldrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld, Erlingsdrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 631-5.

stanzas:  1   2   3 

Skj: Þórbjǫrn skakkaskáld: Erlingsdrápa, o. 1170 (AI, 534-5, BI, 515-16)

SkP info: II, 631-4

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1 — Þskakk Erldr 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld, Erlingsdrápa 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 631-4.

Hjoggu øxar eggjum
ugglaust hvatir glugga
— því vas nennt — á nýju
Norðmenn í kaf borði.
Eyðendr sôu yðrar
arnar hungrs á jǫrnum
vágfýl*ingi vélar;
vígskǫrð ofan bǫrðuð.

Hvatir Norðmenn hjoggu ugglaust glugga á nýju borði í kaf eggjum øxar; því vas nennt. {Eyðendr hungrs arnar} sôu vélar yðrar á jǫrnum {vágfýl*ingi}; bǫrðuð vígskǫrð ofan.

The brave Norwegians fearlessly struck openings in the new ship-side under the water with the edges of the axe; that was accomplished with vigour. {The destroyers of the eagle’s hunger} [WARRIORS] saw your cunning [standing] on the irons {of the sea-fulmar} [SHIP]; you struck embrasures in the upper part.

texts: H-Hr 340, HSona 8 (III 218), Hkr 600 (III 218)

editions: Skj Þórbjǫrn skakkaskáld: Erlingsdrápa 1 (AI, 534; BI, 515); Skald I, 252, NN §§348A, 992, 3238; ÍF 28, 324-5 (Hsona ch. 17), F 1871, 337, E 1916, 197; Fms 7, 232 (Hsona ch. 17).

sources

AM 63 folx (Kx) 657r, 22 - 657r, 29 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 73rb, 32 - 73rb, 35 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 56v, 9 - 56v, 11 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 354v, 29 - 355r, 4 (Hkr)  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 46r, 8 - 46r, 8 (Hkr)  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 123v, 25 - 123v, 25 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 81ra, 5 - 81ra, 5 (H-Hr)  image  
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