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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, 635

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3 — Þskakk Erldr 3II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld, Erlingsdrápa 3’ 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, p. 635.

Urð dró austan fjarðar
Erlingr at víkingum,
— mein fekk margr af Kœnu
maðr — es hann fór þaðra.
Fœrðr vas fleinn meðal herða
Fríreks; ofarr nekkvi
skolldi óþarfr ǫldum
illgjarn við tré Bjarni.

 

Erlingr brought death to the vikings east of the fjord when he went there; many a man got grief from Kœna (‘Little-boat’). The anchor-fluke was placed between Frírekr’s shoulders; somewhat higher up, evil-eager Bjarni, harmful to people, swung from a tree.

context: After the execution of the royal pretender Sigurðr Markússfóstri (1163), some of his former adherents, among them Frírekr kœna and Bjarni inn illi, began to plunder in Viken. Erlingr skakki, who had spent the winter in Kungälv (Kunungahella), went north to Viken and captured the two of them. He bound Fríkekr to an anchor and plunged him into the sea, and he hanged Bjarni.

texts: H-Hr 355, MErl 3 (III 233), Hkr 615 (III 233)

editions: Skj Þórbjǫrn skakkaskáld: Erlingsdrápa 3 (AI, 535; BI, 516); Skald I, 252; ÍF 28, 394-5 (MErl ch. 20), F 1871, 372, E 1916, 239; Fms 7, 303-4 (MErl ch. 12).

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AM 63 folx (Kx) 708r, 8 - 708r, 15 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 81ra, 10 - 81ra, 13 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 68r, 10 - 68r, 12 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 378r, 5 - 378r, 12 (Hkr)  image  
AM 42 folx (42x) 65v, 20 - 65v, 20 (Hkr)  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 137r, 2 - 137r, 2 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 88vb, 18 - 88vb, 18 (H-Hr)  image  
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