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Bjbp Jóms 41I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 41’ 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
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Þar ‘there’

þar (adv.): there

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þegar ‘immediately’

þegar (adv.): at once, then

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heldr ‘rather’

heldr (adv.): rather

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frágum ‘we [I] have heard’

1. fregna (verb): hear of

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þverra ‘diminished’

1. þverra (verb): diminish

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þegna ‘retainers’

þegn (noun m.; °dat. -/-i; -ar): thane, man, franklin

[4] þegna: ógnar 54, Bb

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hauk ‘hawk’

1. haukr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -i/-; -ar): hawk < haukligr (adj.): [hawk-like]

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[6] haukligt ‘hawk-like’: The vows of the Jómsvíkingar are described as haukligar ‘hawk-like’ in st. 11/5; cf. also hauklyndr ‘hawk-tempered’, used of Vagn in st. 8/8, and see Note.

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ligt ‘like’

-ligr (adj.): -ly < haukligr (adj.): [hawk-like]

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[6] haukligt ‘hawk-like’: The vows of the Jómsvíkingar are described as haukligar ‘hawk-like’ in st. 11/5; cf. also hauklyndr ‘hawk-tempered’, used of Vagn in st. 8/8, and see Note.

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fíkjum ‘extremely’

fíkjum (adv.): fiercely

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þau ‘them’

1. sá (pron.; °gen. þess, dat. þeim, acc. þann; f. sú, gen. þeirrar, acc. þá; n. þat, dat. því; pl. m. þeir, f. þǽ---): that (one), those

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[7] þau ‘them’: The pron. is n. acc. pl., referring to þróttarorð ‘forceful words’.

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hafa ‘remember’

hafa (verb): have

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þróttar ‘forceful’

þróttr (noun m.): strength, might, valour < þróttarorð (noun n.): [forceful words]

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[8] þróttarorð ‘forceful words’: Lit. ‘words of power, endurance’. The recurrence of this combination suggests it is best treated as a cpd: see Note to Hfr ErfÓl 3/8.

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orð ‘words’

orð (noun n.; °-s; -): word < þróttarorð (noun n.): [forceful words]

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[8] þróttarorð ‘forceful words’: Lit. ‘words of power, endurance’. The recurrence of this combination suggests it is best treated as a cpd: see Note to Hfr ErfÓl 3/8.

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The defeated Vagn and his men are bound by the Norwegians when they come ashore, with a single rope binding all their feet together as they sit on a log. Þorkell leira approaches Vagn and mocks him for his vow that he would kill Þorkell; Þorkell wields an axe and strikes at the Jómsvíkingar one by one. Eighteen, though not Vagn, are put to death in this way, each of them speaking bold words before dying.

R does not preserve sts 41-5; the text here is from 61, as the best ÓT ms. The edn of the poem in Fms 11 and Jvs 1879 is also completed by using the ÓT text.

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