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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 3I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 3’ 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. 961.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Dreng var dátt of svarra
(dorgar vangs) fyr lǫngu
(því hefr oss of unga
eldreið skapi haldit).
Þó hefk ort of ítra
allfátt mjaðar þellu;
vel samir enn of eina
ǫlselju mér þylja.

Dreng var dátt of svarra fyr lǫngu; því skapi hefr haldit oss of {unga {{dorgar vangs} eld}reið}. Þó hefk ort allfátt of {ítra þellu mjaðar}; vel samir mér enn þylja of {eina ǫlselju}.
‘The fellow [I] was charmed by the woman long ago; that mood has persisted in us [me] in relation to the young chariot of the fire of the plain of the fishing-line [(lit. ‘fire-chariot of the plain of the fishing-line’) SEA > GOLD > WOMAN]. Yet I have composed very little about the excellent pine-tree of mead [WOMAN]; it is still very fitting for me to recite about a certain ale-willow [WOMAN].

notes and context

On the ordering of sts 2-5, see Introduction.



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 4: AII, 1-2, BII, 2, Skald II, 1, NN §3254; Fms 11, 163-4, Fms 12, 241-2, Jvs 1879, 104-5.


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