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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjarni Kálfsson — BjKálfsII


Vol. 2, 639-40 —  — ed. Kari Ellen Gade



Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Biography of) Bjarni Kálfsson’ 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. 639-40.

Nothing is known about Bjarni Kálfsson (BjKálfs), except that he is called ‘skáld’ and was in the company of the Norw. king Sverrir Sigurðarson in the winter of 1182. Skj gives his ethnicity as Icel. That cannot be confirmed, but an Icelander with the same name residing in Miðfjörður in 1184 is mentioned in Sturlunga saga (Stu 1878, I, 101). If the two Bjarnis are identical, Bjarni Kálfsson was the father of the skald Tannr Bjarnason (TannrIV). The st. below is the only poetry by Bjarni that survives.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Stu 1878 = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon], ed. 1878. Sturlunga Saga including the Islendinga Saga of Lawman Sturla Thordsson and Other Works Edited with Prolegomena, Appendices, Tables, Indices, and Maps. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon.
  3. Internal references
  4. Not published: do not cite (StuIV)
  5. Not published: do not cite (TannrIV)

other information

Bjarni Kálfsson (BjKálfs)

12th century

Skj AI, 536-7; BI, 517

volume 2

main editor: Kari Ellen Gade


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