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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 17I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 17’ 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. 973.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Sagt var, at rauðra randa
reynendr flota sínum
jólanótt at Jaðri
Jómsvíkingar kœmi.
Váru heldr á harðan
hernuð firar gjarnir;
rjóðendr buðu ríki
randorma Geirmundi.

Sagt var, at {reynendr rauðra randa}, Jómsvíkingar, kœmi flota sínum at Jaðri jólanótt. Firar váru heldr gjarnir á harðan hernuð; {rjóðendr {randorma}} buðu ríki Geirmundi.
‘It was said that the testers of red shields [WARRIORS], the Jómsvíkingar, brought their fleet to Jæren on Yule-night. Men were rather eager for a hard raiding campaign; the reddeners of shield-snakes [SWORDS > WARRIORS] offered force to Geirmundr.

notes and context

The Jómsvíkingar sail north and surge ashore in Jaðarr (Jæren), where the young, well-born Geirmundr and his men are sleeping in a loft. Geirmundr leaps into action and his hand is cut off by Vagn Ákason. Geirmundr escapes but stops a short distance from the farm in order to ascertain the identity of the warband that has just attacked.



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 17: AII, 4, BII, 4, Skald II, 3; Fms 11, 167, Fms 12, 243, Jvs 1879, 110-11; Fms 1, 166-7, Fms 12, 41, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 183 (ch. 88), Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 24, 78. 


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