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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 7I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 7’ 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. 965.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Hvervetna frák heyja
Harald bardaga stóra;
þeir ruðu bitra branda
bǫðgjarnastir niðjar.
Sjá knáttu þar síðan
siðfornir glym járna;
þótti þeim at efla
þǫrf Véseta arfa.

Frák Harald heyja stóra bardaga hvervetna; þeir bǫðgjarnastir niðjar ruðu bitra branda. Síðan knáttu siðfornir sjá þar {glym járna}; þótti þeim þǫrf at efla {arfa Véseta}.
‘I have heard that Haraldr fought great battles everywhere; those extremely battle-eager kinsmen reddened sharp blades. Then heathens could see there the crash of iron weapons [BATTLE]; it seemed necessary to them to support the heir of Véseti [= Búi].

notes and context

The verse-form fjórðungalok ‘couplets’ closure’ is used here; cf. Note to st. 2 [All].


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 7: AII, 2, BII, 2, Skald II, 2, NN §2162 anm.; Fms 11, 164-5, Fms 12, 242, Jvs 1879, 106-7.


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