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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 12I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 12’ 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. 969.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Heitstrenging frák hefja
heiptmildan Sigvalda;
Búi var ǫrr at efla
órœkinn þrek slíkan.
Hétusk þeir af hauðri
Hákun reka fíkjum
— grimm var frægra fyrða
fjón — eða lífi ræna.

Frák heiptmildan Sigvalda hefja heitstrenging; órœkinn Búi var ǫrr at efla slíkan þrek. Þeir hétusk fíkjum reka Hákun af hauðri eða ræna lífi; fjón frægra fyrða var grimm.
‘I have heard strife-liberal Sigvaldi began the making of vows; the reckless Búi was swift to strengthen such daring. They vowed eagerly to drive Hákon from the land or rob him of life; the hatred of the famous men was grim.

notes and context

Following a prompt from King Sveinn (see Context to st. 11), Sigvaldi drinks in memory of his father and swears an oath which parallels Sveinn’s: before three years have passed, Sigvaldi will have gone to Norway and killed Hákon jarl or driven him from the country. Sigvaldi’s brother, Þorkell inn hávi, swears to accompany him and not desert him in battle. Finally, Búi swears that he too will go to Norway with the brothers and will not flee from battle against Hákon jarl.



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: Bjarni Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 12: AII, 3, BII, 3, Skald II, 2, NN §177; Fms 11, 166, Fms 12, 243, Jvs 1879, 108-9; Fms 1, 163, Fms 12, 40, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 179 (ch. 86), Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 22, 76.


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