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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 42I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 42’ 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. 995.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Ok með fjǫrnis fálu
fór Þorketill leira,
þá er menbroti mælti
mansǫng of Gná hringa.
Gerðisk hann at hǫggva
hauklyndan son Áka;
Vagn gat heldr at hánum
heiptǫrr vegit fyrri.

Ok Þorketill leira fór með {fálu fjǫrnis}, þá er {menbroti} mælti mansǫng of {Gná hringa}. Hann gerðisk at hǫggva {hauklyndan son Áka}; heiptǫrr Vagn gat heldr vegit at hánum fyrri.
‘And Þorkell leira (‘Clay’) advanced with the giantess of the helmet [AXE], when the neck-ring-breaker [GENEROUS MAN = Vagn] spoke a love-song about the Gná <goddess> of rings [WOMAN = Ingibjǫrg]. He [Þorkell] made to strike the hawk-tempered son of Áki [= Vagn]; strife-keen Vagn managed instead to slay him first.

notes and context

Þorkell leira is displeased when Sigurðr, the handsome and bold natural son of Búi, is granted his life by Eiríkr jarl. He states that Vagn Ákason will not come away alive and charges at him with his axe but is tripped by Bjǫrn inn brezki ‘the British’. Vagn gets hold of Þorkell’s axe and strikes Þorkell a death-blow.

On the text of sts 41-5, see Note to st. 41 [All]. — The verse-form fjórðungalok ‘couplets’ closure’ is used here (cf. Note to st. 2 [All]), though the clause in ll. 3-4 is subordinate to ll. 1-2.



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 42: AII, 9, BII, 9, Skald II, 6; Fms 1, 181, Fms 12, 45, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 198 (ch. 90), Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 32, 83-4; Fms 11, 175, Jvs 1879, 118-19.


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