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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 19I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 19’ 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. 975.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Ein drepr fyr mér allri
— eldr gnauðaði víða
elri skœðr of eyjar —
ítrmanns kona teiti.
Góð ætt of kemr grimmu
— gaus upp logi ór húsum —
— griðum rænti gumna —
gœðings at mér stríði.

Ein kona ítrmanns drepr allri teiti fyr mér; eldr, skœðr elri, gnauðaði víða of eyjar. Góð ætt gœðings of kemr grimmu stríði at mér; logi gaus upp ór húsum; rænti gumna griðum.
‘A certain nobleman’s wife kills all joy for me; fire, damaging to alder-trees, roared widely throughout the islands. The good kinswoman of a chieftain brings cruel torment upon me; flame surged up from houses; that robbed men of peace.

notes and context

Lines 1, 4, 5 and 8 form the second appearance of the stef ‘refrain’; see Introduction. The stef lines present a patterned contrast to the lines they frame: frustrated love robs the poet of peace just as battle and burning rob trees and men of peace.



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 19: AII, 5, BII, 5, Skald II, 3; Fms 11, 168, Fms 12, 244, Jvs 1879, 110-11.


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