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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorm Lv 22I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Lausavísur 22’ 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. 837.

Þormóðr KolbrúnarskáldLausavísur

text and translation

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

Bǫðreifr Haraldr vas bitr at berjask með Ôleifi; þar gekk Hringr ok Dagr at {þingi harðra hjǫrva}. Þeir fjórir dǫglingar réðu at standa prútt und rauðar randir; {benþiðurr} fekk blakkan bjór.
‘Battle-happy Haraldr was sharp at fighting beside Óláfr; there Hringr and Dagr went to the assembly of hard swords [BATTLE]. Those four princes stood magnificently under red shields; the wound-grouse [RAVEN/EAGLE] got dark beer [blood].

notes and context

Cf. Lv 21. In Fbr and ÓHLeg, a woman asks Þormóðr which of Óláfr’s men were most valiant in the battle, and he replies. In Málfræðinnar grundvǫllr, the first section of TGT, l. 4 is cited to illustrate the use of the conjunction, here ok ‘and’.



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: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld, 2. Lausavísur 22: AI, 287, BI, 265, Skald I, 136, NN §1853C; Hb 1892-6, 414-15, Fbr 1852, 110, Flat 1860-8, II, 365, Fbr 1925-7, 212, ÍF 6, 271 (ch. 24), Loth 1960a, 156 (ch. 17), ÍS II, 842, 849 (ch. 24); ÓHLeg 1849, 72, 120, ÓHLeg 1922, 87, ÓHLeg 1982, 200-1; SnE 1848-87, II, 92-3, TGT 1884, 58, TGT 1927, 38, TGT 1998, 92-3; Gaertner 1907, 312, 346, Finnur Jónsson 1932-3, 75-6.


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