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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 29I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 29’ 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. 984.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Vagn hefr orðit ýtum
ǫrfengr at bǫð strangri;
með fullhuga frœknum
framm gengu vel drengir,
þar er í Yggjar éli
Áka sonr inn ríki
brátt, frák, hann at hlœði
hugprúðum Ármóði.

Vagn hefr orðit ǫrfengr ýtum at strangri bǫð; drengir gengu vel framm með frœknum fullhuga, þar er frák, at hann, {inn ríki sonr Áka}, hlœði brátt hugprúðum Ármóði í {éli Yggjar}.
‘Vagn became quickly dominant over men in the severe battle; warriors pressed forward well with the daring one full of courage, where I have heard that he, the powerful son of Áki [= Vagn], soon felled the staunch-hearted Ármóðr in the storm of Yggr <= Óðinn> [BATTLE].

notes and context

Vagn Ákason unleashes a fierce attack on the troop of Sveinn Hákonarson, who takes to flight. Eiríkr Hákonarson takes up the fight against Vagn, who retreats but nevertheless fights with great valour and kills many of Eiríkr’s men, including Ármóðr, a powerful man and a great champion.



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 29: AII, 6-7, BII, 7, Skald II, 4; Fms 11, 171, Fms 12, 245, Jvs 1879, 114-15; Fms 1, 172, Fms 12, 42, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 189 (ch. 90), Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 26, 79.


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