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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 The biography below may represent a superseded edition, notes and/or an interim or draft version. Do not cite this material without consulting the volume and skald editors.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. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1466> (accessed 4 August 2021)

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

in texts: Fbr, Flat, Gramm, Hkr, ÓH, ÓHHkr, ÓHLeg, ÓHÆ, TGT, Vǫlsa, Þorm, ÞormR

SkP info: I, 820

notes: Verses 10, 11, 15, 17-20, 23-25 in OH (Group A1); others in Fbr (Group D)

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10 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 10 [Vol. 1, 823] — Þorm Lv 10I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Loftungu gaft lengi
látr þats Fáfnir átti,
þú lézk mér enn mœrar
merkr fránǫluns vánir;
verðr emk, varga myrðir
víðlendr, frá þér síðan,
eða heldr of sæ sjaldan,
slíks réttar, skalk vétta.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 10 (AI, 284; BI, 262); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: 141x, 761bx, DG8, Flat, NRA52, Tóm; texts: ÓH 0, ÓHLeg 17, ÓHÆ 3, Þorm 1
 
11 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 11 [Vol. 1, 825] — Þorm Lv 11I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Flestr of sér, hvé fasta
fagrbúnar hefk túna
báðar hendr ór breiðum
barðs þjóðkonungs garði;
eld ák jǫfri gjalda
ungr, þeim es bregðr hungri,
djúps (berk goll á greipum)
grôðugs ara (bôðum).

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 11 (AI, 284; BI, 262-3); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: 141x, 761bx, DG8, Flat, NRA52, Tóm; texts: ÓH 0, ÓHLeg 18, ÓHÆ 4, Þorm 2
 
15 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 15 [Vol. 1, 826] — Þorm Lv 15I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Hafa þóttumk ek, hættinn
happsœkjandi, ef tœkir,
hreins, við haldi mínu,
hvert land þegit, branda;
ríkr, vilk með þér, rœkir
randar linns enn svinni
(rǫnd berum út á andra
eybaugs) lifa ok deyja.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 15 (AI, 285; BI, 263-4); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: 141x, 142x, 566ax, 761bx, DG8, Flat, Hb, NRA52, papp4x, Tóm; texts: Fbr 0, ÓH 0, ÓHLeg 19, ÓHÆ 5, Þorm 3
 
16 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 16 [Vol. 1, 827] — Þorm Lv 16I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Sex hefk alls, síz óxu
óns hjalta Tý fjónir,
kendr emk við styr stundum,
stálregns boða vegna;
nú emk enn ok man manna
morð varliga orðinn,
vér létum þó þeira,
þrítøgr, skarar bíta.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 16 (AI, 285; BI, 264); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: 141x, 142x, 566ax, 761bx, DG8, Flat; texts: Fbr 0, ÓH 0, ÓHLeg 51, Þorm 4, ÞormR 0
 
17 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 17 [Vol. 1, 1102] — Þorm Lv 17I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Sákat forðum,
þó hefk farit víða,
flent reðr fyrri
fara með bekkjum;
þiggi mǫrnir
þetta blœti,
en þú aðal-Grímr
tak enn við Vǫlsa.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 17 (AI, 285-6; BI, 264); fornyrðislag; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: Flat; texts: Vǫlsa 11
 
18 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 18 [Vol. 1, 829] — Þorm Lv 18I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Brennum ǫll fyr innan
inni þaus vér finnum
(land tegask herr með hjǫrvi)
Hverbjǫrg (fyr gram verja);
ýs, hafi allra húsa
Innþrœndir kol sinna,
angr skal kveykt í klungri,
kǫld, ef ek má valda.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 18 (AI, 286; BI, 264); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: 141x, 142x, 1768x, 321x, 325V, 325VII, 566ax, 61, 68, 73ax, 761bx, 972x, Bb, DG8, Flat, Hb, Holm2, Holm4, J2x, Kx, papp4x, Tóm; texts: Fbr 31, Flat 596, ÓH 144(140), ÓHHkr 137, ÓHLeg 52
 
19 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 19 [Vol. 1, 831] — Þorm Lv 19I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Ála þryngr at éli,
ǫrstiklandi, miklu,
skyldut skelknir hǫlðar
(skalmǫld vex nú) falma;
búumk við sókn, en slœkni
seggr skyli orð of forðask,
es at geirþingi gǫngum,
gunnreifr, með Áleifi.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 19 (AI, 286; BI, 265); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: 141x, 142x, 1768x, 321x, 325V, 325VII, 566ax, 61, 68, 73ax, 761bx, 972x, Bb, Bæb, DG8, Flat, Hb, Holm2, Holm4, J2x, Kx, papp4x, Tóm; texts: Fbr 34, Flat 599, ÓH 147(143), ÓHHkr 140, ÓHLeg 56
 
20 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 20 [Vol. 1, 833] — Þorm Lv 20I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Þér munk eðr unz ǫðrum,
allvaldr, náir skǫldum
(nær vættir þú þeira)
þingdjarfr, fyr kné hvarfa;
braut komumk vér, þó at veitim
valtafn frekum hrafni,
(víksk eigi þat) vága
viggruðr eða hér liggja.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 20 (AI, 286-7; BI, 265); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: 141x, 142x, 1768x, 321x, 325V, 325VII, 566ax, 61, 68, 73ax, 75e 4, 761bx, 972x, Bb, Bæb, DG8, Flat, Hb, Holm2, Holm4, J2x, Kx, papp4x, Tóm; texts: Fbr 35, Flat 604, ÓH 150(146), ÓHHkr 143, ÓHLeg 57
 
21 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 21 [Vol. 1, 834] — Þorm Lv 21I

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Á sér, at vér vôrum,
vígreifr, með Áleifi,
sár fekk ek, Hildr, at hvôru,
hvítings, ok frið lítinn;
skínn á skildi mínum,
skald fekk hríð til kalda,
nær hafa eski-askar
ǫrvendan mik gǫrvan.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 21 (AI, 287; BI, 265); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: 141x, 142x, 1768x, 566ax, 761bx, DG8, Flat, Hb, papp4x; texts: Fbr 36, ÓHLeg 58
 
22 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 22 [Vol. 1, 837] — Þorm Lv 22I

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Haraldr vas bitr at berjask
bǫðreifr með Áleifi,
þar gekk harðra hjǫrva
Hringr ok Dagr at þingi;
réðu þeir und rauðar
randir prútt at standa,
fekk benþiðurr blakkan
bjór, dǫglingar fjórir.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 22 (AI, 287; BI, 265); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: 141x, 142x, 1768x, 566ax, 744x, 761ax, 761bx, A, B, DG8, Flat, Hb, W; texts: Fbr 37, ÓHLeg 59, TGT 2
 
23 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 23 [Vol. 1, 838] — Þorm Lv 23I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Ǫrt vas Áleifs hjarta,
óð framm konungr (blóði
rekin bitu stôl) á Stiklar
stǫðum; kvaddi lið bǫðvar;
élþolla sák alla
Jǫlfuðs nema gram sjalfan
(reyndr vas flestr) í fastri
fleindrífu sér hlífa.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 23 (AI, 287-8; BI, 266); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: 141x, 142x, 1768x, 321x, 325V, 325VII, 566ax, 61, 73ax, 761bx, 972x, Bb, DG8, Flat, Hb, Holm2, Holm4, J2x, Kx, papp4x, Tóm; texts: Fbr 38, ÓH 170(166), ÓHHkr 159, ÓHLeg 60
 
24 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 24 [Vol. 1, 840] — Þorm Lv 24I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Emka rjóðr, né rauðum
ræðr grǫnn Skǫgul manni
hauka setrs en hvíta;
hyggr fár of mik sáran;
hitt veldr, mér at, meldrar
morðvenjanda Fenju,
djúp ok danskra vápna
Dags hríðar spor svíða.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 24 (AI, 288; BI, 266); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: 141x, 142x, 1768x, 321x, 325V, 325VII, 566ax, 61, 73ax, 761bx, 972x, Bb, DG8, Flat, Hb, Holm2, Holm4, J2x, Kx, papp4x, Tóm; texts: Fbr 40, ÓH 171(167), ÓHHkr 160, ÓHLeg 62
 
25 Vol. 1. 49. Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (biog. vol. 5), Lausavísur, 25 [Vol. 1, 843] — Þorm Lv 25I

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Undrask ǫglis landa
eik, hví vér róm bleikir;
fár verðr fagr af sárum,
fank ǫrvadrif, svanni;
mik fló malmr enn døkkvi
magni keyrðr í gǫgnum,
hvast beit hjarta et næsta
hættligt járn es vættik.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur 25 (AI, 288; BI, 266); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: A1; mss: 141x, 142x, 1768x, 321x, 325V, 325VII, 566ax, 61, 73ax, 761bx, 972x, Bb, DG8, Flat, Holm2, Holm4, J2x, Kx, papp4x, Tóm; texts: Fbr 39, ÓH 172(168), ÓHHkr 161, ÓHLeg 61
 
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