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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 20I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 20’ 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. 976.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Ok hǫfðingjar hraustir
heyra menn at væri
— þat hefr þjóð at minnum —
þrír með flokki hverjum,
þar er hreggviðir hittusk
hjálma skóðs á víðum
— fundr þótti sá fyrðum
frægr — Hjǫrungavági.

Ok menn heyra, at þrír hraustir hǫfðingjar væri með hverjum flokki — þjóð hefr þat at minnum —, þar er {{{hjálma skóðs} hregg}viðir} hittusk á víðum Hjǫrungavági; sá fundr þótti frægr fyrðum.
‘And men hear that three bold chieftains were with each troop — people hold that in memory —, where the trees of the storm of the harm of helmets [(lit. ‘storm-trees of the harm of helmets’) SWORD > BATTLE > WARRIORS] met in wide Liavågen; that meeting seemed famous to men.

notes and context

Hákon jarl and Eiríkr jarl reach Hjǫrungavágr (Liavågen) where the Jómsvíkingar are. Those leading the Jómsvíkingar, the number of ships they command, and the positions of their ships are enumerated, as are those in the Norwegian fleet (see further Note to ll. 1, 4 below).



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 20: AII, 5, BII, 5, Skald II, 3, NN §2818; Fms 11, 168, Fms 12, 244, Jvs 1879, 110-11, 133; Fms 1, 170, Fms 12, 42, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 186-7 (ch. 90), Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 25, 78.


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