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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 36I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 36’ 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. 990.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Bað, fyr borð at skyldi,
bǫðsvellandi, allir
— áðr frák vápnum verjask
Vagns lið — Búa þegnar.
Ok hreggboði hjǫrva
hraustr með þungar kistur
— sá var illr af aurum —
ótrauðr á kaf réði.

{Bǫðsvellandi} bað, at allir þegnar Búa skyldi fyr borð; áðr frák lið Vagns verjask vápnum. Ok {hraustr {hjǫrva hregg}boði} réði ótrauðr á kaf með þungar kistur; sá var illr af aurum.
‘The battle-sweller [WARRIOR = Búi] commanded that all Búi’s men should [go] overboard; I have heard that before that Vagn’s troop defended themselves with weapons. And the valiant offerer of the storm of swords [(lit. ‘storm-offerer of swords’) BATTLE > WARRIOR = Búi] plunged unhesitating into the sea with heavy chests; that one was mean with money.

notes and context

In some versions of the legend (e.g. ÓT 1958-2000, I, 195; Jvs 1962, 38) Búi’s hands have been chopped off in the fighting, so it is with the stumps that he grasps the treasure chests. — [3-4]: These lines are closely similar to st. 28/1-2.



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 36: AII, 8, BII, 8, Skald II, 5, NN §3256; Fms 11, 173, Fms 12, 246, Jvs 1879, 116-17, 133. 


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