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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
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‘…’

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yrkja ‘compose’

yrkja (verb): compose

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‘’

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notes

[6] : The conjectured orti ‘composed’ is supplied before greppr ‘poet’ in the normalised text of Jvs 1879, and in Skald.

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upp ‘present’

upp (adv.): up

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fyr ‘before’

fyr (prep.): for, over, because of, etc.

notes

[7] fyr ýta ‘before men’: A reference to the audience that runs somewhat counter to st. 1 (see Note to st. 1 [All]).

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ýta ‘men’

ýtr (noun m.): man; launcher

notes

[7] fyr ýta ‘before men’: A reference to the audience that runs somewhat counter to st. 1 (see Note to st. 1 [All]).

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óhljóð ‘the tumult’

óhljóð (noun n.): [tumult]

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sǫgu ‘narrative’

1. saga (noun f.; °*-u; *-ur): story, saga < sǫgukvæði (noun n.)

notes

[8] sǫgukvæði ‘narrative poem’: The meaning of this hap. leg. depends largely on which sense of sǫgu (nom. sg. saga f.) is relevant, out of the possible range of ‘something spoken, a story, narrative, history’ (cf. CVC, Fritzner: saga; AEW: saga 1; also Meulengracht Sørensen 1993a, 33-6, 50-1). LP glosses sǫgukvæði as historisk dikt ‘historical poem’ but Lindow (1982, 110) comments that Bjarni’s use of the term ‘has much to say about skaldic narrative [...] indicat[ing] the possibility of a skaldic poem intended not for ornament, praise, or lyric, but to tell a story’; see Introduction for further discussion of Bjarni’s intentions in composing Jóms.

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kvæði ‘poem’

kvæði (noun n.; °-s; -): poem < sǫgukvæði (noun n.)

[8] ‑kvæði: ‘qv[…]’ R, ‘qv[…]þi’ RCP, RFJ

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[8] sǫgukvæði ‘narrative poem’: The meaning of this hap. leg. depends largely on which sense of sǫgu (nom. sg. saga f.) is relevant, out of the possible range of ‘something spoken, a story, narrative, history’ (cf. CVC, Fritzner: saga; AEW: saga 1; also Meulengracht Sørensen 1993a, 33-6, 50-1). LP glosses sǫgukvæði as historisk dikt ‘historical poem’ but Lindow (1982, 110) comments that Bjarni’s use of the term ‘has much to say about skaldic narrative [...] indicat[ing] the possibility of a skaldic poem intended not for ornament, praise, or lyric, but to tell a story’; see Introduction for further discussion of Bjarni’s intentions in composing Jóms.

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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).

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