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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞGísl Búdr 2I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 2’ 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. 944.

Þorkell GíslasonBúadrápa

text and translation

Knúði hvasst harða
(hljópu marir barða)
hregg (á hefils vǫllum)
á humra fjǫllum.
Blô þó hrǫnn hlýrum;
hraut af brimdýrum
— kili skaut œst alda —
unnr in sviðkalda.

Hregg knúði harða hvasst á {fjǫllum humra}; {marir barða} hljópu á {vǫllum hefils}. Blô hrǫnn þó hlýrum; in sviðkalda unnr hraut af {brimdýrum}; œst alda skaut kili.
‘The storm pelted very sharply on the mountains of lobsters [SEA]; stallions of the stems [SHIPS] bounded across the plains of the clew-line [SEA]. The dark breaker washed prows; the singeing-cold billow dashed off the surf-animals [SHIPS]; the raging wave impelled the keel.

notes and context

Hearing of the vows and preparations of the Jómsvíkingar, Eiríkr jarl and his father Hákon jarl call up troops from several regions of western Norway. The Jómsvíkingar sail to Limafjǫrðr (Limfjorden) with a strong following wind.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Þórkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 2: AI, 553, BI, 536, Skald I, 260; Fms 1, 165, Fms 12, 41, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 182 (ch. 88), Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 23, 76.


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