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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 2I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 2’ 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. 960.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Hendir enn sem aðra
óteitan mik sútar;
mér hefr harm á hendi
handgr kona bundit.
Þó emk óð at auka
œrit gjarn at hváru;
mjǫk emk at mér orðinn
ógæfr of fǫr vífa.

Óteitan sútar hendir mik enn sem aðra; handgr kona hefr bundit harm á hendi mér. Þó emk at hváru œrit gjarn at auka óð; emk orðinn mjǫk ógæfr at mér of fǫr vífa.
‘The joylessness of grief grips me still, as others; a woman with beautiful hands has bound sorrow to me. Yet I am nonetheless sufficiently eager to increase poetry; I myself have become very unlucky regarding the ways of women.

notes and context

On the ordering of sts 2-5, see Introduction. — The stanza, like sts 7 and 42, employs the verse-form fjórðungalok ‘couplets’ closure’ in which each pair of lines constitutes a separate clause (cf. SnSt Ht 11III).



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 3: AII, 1-2, BII, 1, Skald II, 1, NN §1233; Fms 11, 163, Fms 12, 241, Jvs 1879, 104-5.


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