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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kolli Ingdr 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Kolli inn prúði, Ingadrápa 3’ 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, pp. 530-1.

Kolli inn prúðiIngadrápa

text and translation

Lýsa munk, hvé ljósa
— laut hrafn í ben Gauta —
— ǫrn fylldit sik sjaldan —
sárísa rauð vísi.
Goldit varð, þeims gerðu,
glaumherðǫndum sverða,
— rauns at ríki þínu —
róg, á Krókaskógi.

Munk lýsa, hvé vísi rauð {ljósa sárísa}; hrafn laut í ben Gauta; ǫrn fylldit sik sjaldan. {{Sverða glaum}herðǫndum}, þeims gerðu róg, varð goldit á Krókaskógi; rauns at ríki þínu.
‘I shall describe how the ruler reddened bright wound-icicles [SWORDS]; the raven bent over the wounds of the Gautar; not seldom did the eagle sate itself. The strengtheners of the racket of swords [(lit. ‘racket-strengtheners of swords’) BATTLE > WARRIORS] who caused strife were repaid in Sörbygden; there is proof of your power.

notes and context

The st. describes the battle of Sörbygden between Ingi’s men, Magnús inn blindi and Magnús’s Swed. ally, Jarl Karl Sónason (Mork: ‘Sørkvisson’) of Götaland in 1137.



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: Kolli enn prúði, Ingadrápa 3: AI, 503, BI, 476, Skald I, 234; Mork 1867, 209, Mork 1928-32, 417, Andersson and Gade 2000, 374, 491 (Sslemb); F 1871, 327 (Hsona); ÍF 28, 306-7 (Hsona ch. 2), E 1916, 185; Fms 7, 210 (Hsona ch. 3).


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