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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 40I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 40’ 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. 994.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Réð með danska dólga
drengr á land at ganga;
roðin frák dǫrr í dreyra;
dauðr lá herr á skeiðum.
Vagn kvað eigi ýtum
undan ráð at skynda;
saman gerðu þeir sitja
sáttir á einni nóttu.

Drengr réð at ganga á land með danska dólga; frák dǫrr roðin í dreyra; herr lá dauðr á skeiðum. Vagn kvað ýtum eigi ráð at skynda undan; þeir gerðu sitja saman sáttir á einni nóttu.
‘The warrior went ashore with the Danish enemies; I have heard spears were reddened with blood; the army lay dead on warships. Vagn said it was not a good plan for men to hasten in retreat; they sat together, having made a settlement, for one night.

notes and context

[7-8]: The fully legible text of the poem in R (and the text in 65ˣ) ends at saman ‘together’. Fms 11 and Skj B print the text shown above, which is based on their (albeit tentative) reading of the R text and which provides good sense and metre. Af Petersens (Jvs 1879) tentatively reads some of the same in his diplomatic text (= RCP), but in his normalised text leaves a blank after þeir s.



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 40: AII, 9, BII, 9, Skald II, 6; Fms 11, 174, Fms 12, 247, Jvs 1879, 116-17.


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