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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 39I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 39’ 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. 993.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Upp stóðu þar eptir
ungra snyrtidrengja
— sveit fylgði vel Vagni
væn — þrír tigir einir.
Alls enga frák aðra
jafnmarga svá burgusk,
áðr létti dyn darra,
drengmenn hugumstranga.

Þrír tigir ungra snyrtidrengja stóðu einir upp þar eptir; væn sveit fylgði Vagni vel. Frák alls enga aðra jafnmarga hugumstranga drengmenn burgusk svá, áðr {dyn darra} létti.
‘Thirty fine young warriors alone remained standing there afterwards; the promising troop supported Vagn well. Not at all have I heard of another such number of strong-spirited fighting-men defending themselves thus, before the roar of spears [BATTLE] let up.

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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 39: AII, 9, BII, 9, Skald II, 6; Fms 11, 174, Fms 12, 246, Jvs 1879, 116-17.


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