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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bjbp Jóms 8I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Bjarni byskup Kolbeinsson, Jómsvíkingadrápa 8’ 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. 966.

Bjarni byskup KolbeinssonJómsvíkingadrápa

text and translation

Geta skal hins, hverr hvatra
hǫfðingi var drengja;
sá gat sigri at hrósa
snjallastr at gǫrvǫllu.
Hverr var hóti minni
hreystimaðr at flestu
heldr í herðiraunum
hauklyndum syni Áka.

Geta skal hins, hverr var hǫfðingi hvatra drengja; sá, snjallastr at gǫrvǫllu, gat at hrósa sigri. Hverr hreystimaðr var heldr hóti minni at flestu í herðiraunum {hauklyndum syni Áka}.
‘Mention shall be made of this, who was the leader of the valiant warriors; he, boldest in everything, was able to boast of victory. Every courageous man was greatly inferior in most ways in tough trials to the hawk-tempered son of Áki [= Vagn].

notes and context


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 8: AII, 3, BII, 2-3, Skald II, 2, NN §2566; Fms 11, 165, Fms 12, 242Jvs 1879, 106-7.


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