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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 38I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 38’ 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. 992.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Skeið, frák, valt at verði
Vagn með sína þegna;
ǫll váru þá þeira
þunn skip hroðin ǫnnur.
Upp náðu þar eigi
ǫðlings menn at ganga;
ofan réðu þeir ǫfga
Eireks vini keyra.

Frák, at Vagn verði skeið valt með þegna sína; ǫll ǫnnur þunn skip þeira váru þá hroðin. Menn ǫðlings náðu eigi at ganga upp þar; þeir réðu keyra ǫfga vini Eireks ofan.
‘I have heard that Vagn defended the warship continuously with his men; all their other narrow ships were then cleared. The prince’s [Eiríkr jarl’s] men could not board there; they [the Jómsvíkingar] managed to drive back the friends of Eiríkr from above.

notes and context

Búi, badly wounded and facing defeat, has jumped overboard, and many of his men follow rather than asking for a truce. Eiríkr jarl manoeuvres his ship alongside Vagn’s and there is a tough fight. For a long time Eiríkr does not manage to board Vagn’s ship. 



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 38: AII, 8-9, BII, 8-9, Skald II, 5; Fms 11, 173-4, Fms 12, 45, Jvs 1879, 116-17; Fms 1, 179, Fms 12, 246, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 195 (ch. 90), Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 31, 82. 


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