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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kolli Ingdr 4II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Kolli inn prúði, Ingadrápa 4’ 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. 531.

Kolli inn prúðiIngadrápa

text and translation

Rauðri dreif, þás rjúfa
réð ǫld fyr gram skjǫldu,
mjǫll, áðr Magnús felli
morðgjarn, þrumu jarna.
Harmar engr, þvít, Ingi,
átt ráða vel láði
(dǫkk fell drjúgt á skokka)
dráp Sigvarðar (vápna).

{Rauðri mjǫll {þrumu jarna}} dreif, þás ǫld réð rjúfa skjǫldu fyr gram, áðr morðgjarn Magnús felli. Engr harmar dráp Sigvarðar, þvít, Ingi, átt vel ráða láði; {dǫkk vápna} fell drjúgt á skokka.
‘The red snow-flakes of the roar of weapons [BATTLE > BLOOD] drifted when men split shields before the ruler, before battle-eager Magnús fell. No one mourns the slaying of Sigurðr, because you, Ingi, are fully entitled to rule the land; the pool of weapons [BLOOD] fell persistently onto the bottom-boards.

notes and context

Stanzas 4-5 commemorate the battle of Holmengrå between the sons of Haraldr gilli(-kristr) ‘Servant (of Christ)’, Ingi and Sigurðr munnr ‘Mouth’, and the allies Sigurðr slembidjákn ‘Fortuitous-deacon’ (?) Magnússon and Magnús inn blindi Sigurðarson (12 November 1139).



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 4: AI, 504, BI, 477, Skald I, 234; Mork 1867, 219, Mork 1928-32, 433, Andersson and Gade 2000, 384, 494 (Sslemb).


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