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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 23I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 23’ 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. 979.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Ein drepr fyr mér allri
atróðr mikinn ...
ítrmanns kona teiti.
Góð ætt of kemr grimmu
glygg magnaðisk eggja

gœðings at mér stríði.

Ein kona ítrmanns drepr allri teiti fyr mér; mikinn atróðr … . Góð ætt gœðings of kemr grimmu stríði at mér; {glygg eggja} magnaðisk
‘A certain nobleman’s wife kills all joy for me; a great attack … . The good kinswoman of a chieftain brings cruel torment upon me; the gale of blades [BATTLE] intensified …

notes and context

The ms. is badly damaged at the top of the leaf here, so that little of the stanza is legible, but enough is visible to show that ll. 1, 4, 5 and 8 form the third appearance of the stef ‘refrain’, which can be reconstructed from the corresponding lines in sts 15 and 19. For the remaining lines, the diplomatic texts in Jvs 1879 (siglum RCP in Readings) and Skj A (siglum RFJ) are used, though they are not complete and not always in agreement. This stanza is not copied in 65ˣ (see further Introduction). — Although the full sense of the stanza cannot be recovered, it is clear that there is again congruence between the sentiments communicated in the stef, and in ll. 2-3, 6-7, as (physical or mental) death or turmoil are experienced in both love and war.



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 23: AII, 5, BII, 5-6, Skald II, 4, NN §2819; Fms 11, 169, Fms 12, 244, Jvs 1879, 112-13.


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