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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 28I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 28’ 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. 983.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Þar frák vápnum verjask
— Vagn felldi lið — þegna;
hann klauf breiðra brúna
borg hundruðum mǫrgum.
Grimmr var snarpra sverða
sǫngr; burgusk vel drengir;
vann arfþegi Áka
ǫs; fell blóð á kesjur.

Þar frák þegna verjask vápnum; Vagn felldi lið; hann klauf {borg breiðra brúna} mǫrgum hundruðum. {Sǫngr snarpra sverða} var grimmr; drengir burgusk vel; {arfþegi Áka} vann ǫs; blóð fell á kesjur.
‘There I have heard retainers defended themselves with weapons; Vagn felled the troop; he split the fortress of broad brows [HEAD] on many hundreds. The song of sharp swords [BATTLE] was grim; warriors defended themselves well; the heir of Áki [= Vagn] made tumult; blood fell onto halberds.

notes and context

[1-2]: These lines are closely similar to st. 36/3-4 (as noted by Kock, NN §3256). — [1] þar frák ... verjask vápnum ‘there I have heard ... defended themselves with weapons’: Finnur Jónsson (Skj B and LP: 1. verja) understands the dat. vápnum as ‘against [enemy] weapons’, but Kock (NN §3256) points out that in constructions of verjask + dat., a dat. referring to an opponent is a pure dat. meaning ‘against’ whereas a dat. referring to defensive weapons, as here, is instr., meaning ‘with’.


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 28: AII, 6, BII, 6-7, Skald II, 4, NN §3256; Fms 11, 170-1, Fms 12, 245, Jvs 1879, 112-13.


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