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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞGísl Búdr 11I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 11’ 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. 951.

Þorkell GíslasonBúadrápa

text and translation

Sté fyrir húf hesti
hrófs inn þrekmesti
gœðir gunnskára;
gladdisk naðr sára.
Niðr kom bens bára;
Búi nam sér hvára
— ferð hykk friðar misstu —
frœkn í hǫnd kistu.

{Inn þrekmesti gœðir {gunnskára}} sté fyrir húf {hesti hrófs}; {naðr sára} gladdisk. {Bára bens} kom niðr; frœkn Búi nam kistu í hvára hǫnd sér; hykk ferð misstu friðar.
‘The most powerful endower of battle-gulls [RAVENS/EAGLES > WARRIOR] leapt from the hull of the horse of the boat-shed [SHIP]; the snake of wounds [SWORD] was gladdened. The wave of the wound [BLOOD] poured down; the valiant Búi took a chest in each of his hands; I think men missed out on peace.

notes and context

Eiríkr jarl’s men board Búi Vésetason’s ship; Þorsteinn miðlangr gives Búi a serious head-wound and is then cut in two by Búi. Búi takes up two chests full of gold and calls to his men to abandon ship; he leaps overboard with the treasure chests.



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: Þórkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 11: AI, 555, BI, 538, Skald I, 261; Fms 1, 178, Fms 12, 44-5, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 194-5 (ch. 90); Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 30, 82. 


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