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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 5I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 5’ 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. 963.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

annat þarf at yrkja
allstórum mun fleira.

… greppr of snertu
(þat berum upp fyr ýta)
óhljóð (sǫgukvæði).

… þarf at yrkja annat, allstórum mun fleira … . Greppr … of óhljóð snertu; berum upp þat sǫgukvæði fyr ýta.
‘… need to compose something other, more by a very great amount … . The poet … about the tumult of onslaught; we [I] shall present that narrative poem before men.

notes and context

On the ordering of sts 2-5, see Introduction. Given the poor state of preservation of the text, any interpretation is extremely tentative. However, the poet seems to return here to the principal subject of his poem: that of war. — [3-4]: The lines are here assumed to belong together syntactically, though with the caveat mentioned above. Þarf ‘need’ can only be a verb, and therefore mun is best taken not as the verb ‘will’ but as dat. sg. of munr m. ‘difference’, here ‘amount’ (so LP: munr).



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 5: AII, 2, BII, 2, Skald II, 1, NN §2161; Fms 11, 164, Fms 12, 242, Jvs 1879, 106-7.


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