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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kolb Jónv 1VII

Beatrice La Farge (ed.) 2007, ‘Kolbeinn Tumason, Jónsvísur 1’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 224.

Kolbeinn TumasonJónsvísur

text and translation

Angrfellir, vast ǫllum
einn postolum hreinni
heilags Krists í hæstu,
happskeytr, fǫruneyti.
Unni engum manni
jafnheitt friðar veitir
þýðr sem þér ok móður
— þats minniligt — sinni.

{Happskeytr angrfellir}, vast einn hreinni ǫllum postolum í hæstu fǫruneyti heilags Krists. {Þýðr veitir friðar} unni engum manni jafnheitt sem þér ok móður sinni — þats minniligt.
‘Lucky-shooting sorrow-feller [APOSTLE], you were alone purer than all the Apostles in the highest company of holy Christ. The friendly granter of peace [= God (= Christ)] loved no-one as ardently as you and his mother — that is worthy of remembrance.

notes and context

See Introduction.

[5-8]: Kolbeinn here makes the traditional identification of John with the unnamed ‘disciple whom Jesus loved’ (cf. John XIII.23, XXI.7, 20; Anon Alpost 4).


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: Kolbeinn Tumason, 1. Jónsvísur 1: AII, 37, BII, 45-46, Skald II, 28, NN §2560; Jón4 1874, 511, Bugge 1874, 935, GBpB, 570n.


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