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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Blakkr Lv 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Blakkr, Lausavísur 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 649.


Reisum ‘Let’s raise’

rísa (verb): rise, raise



2. vé (noun n.; °; -): banner, standard

[1] vé: ‘vær’ Flat


þungir ‘hostile’

þungr (adj.): heavy


Kuflungum ‘to the Kuflungar’

kuflungr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -i; -ar): one of the Kuflungar


[2] Kuflungum ‘the Kuflungar’: The followers of the royal pretender Jón kuflungr ‘Monk’ lit. ‘the cowled one’ (d. 1188), who claimed to be the son of King Ingi Haraldsson (d. 1161).


Lǫtum ‘Let’s make’

láta (verb): let, have sth done


brýndan ‘the sharpened’

brýna (verb; °-nd-): sharpen, whet


und ‘beneath’

3. und (prep.): under, underneath

[4] und: við E


Hnekkjum ‘Let’s put’

hnekkja (verb): drive off, reject

[5] Hnekkjum: stǫkkum E


Friðum ‘Let’s pacify’

friða (verb): pacify


jǫfurs ‘the prince’s’

jǫfurr (noun m.): ruler, prince


Rjóðum ‘Let’s redden’

rjóða (verb): to redden


dǫrr ‘spears’

dǫrr (noun m.): spear


[7] dǫrr ‘spears’: See Note to Gísl Magnkv 12/8.


meira ‘the greater’

meiri (adj. comp.; °meiran; superl. mestr): more, most

[8] meira hlut þeira: þeira lið fleira Flat


hlut ‘part’

hlutr (noun m.; °-ar, dat. -i/-; -ir, acc. -i/-u): part, thing

[8] meira hlut þeira: þeira lið fleira Flat


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During the summer of 1187, Jón kuflungr and his men again travel north to Trondheim with a large fleet to attempt to catch Sverrir and the Birkibeinar unawares (for the previous expedition, see Nefari Lv). Sverrir sets sail south to meet them, and Blakkr, who was among Sverrir’s men on this occasion, recites this st.

The metre is áttmælt ‘eight-times spoken’ (see SnSt Ht 10III, SnE 1999, 9), in which a st. contains eight independent clauses, each of which occupies one l. — For a similar cry to battle from the faction of the Kuflungar, see Nefari Lv above. Blakkr clearly imitates the content and style of Nefari’s st., which was composed the year before. — [3] lǫtum ‘let’s’: See Note to Nefari Lv ll. 3, 7.


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