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ÞGísl Búdr 12I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 12’ 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. 952.

Þorkell GíslasonBúadrápa
1112

text and translation

Felldi Vagn virða;
valði of nái stirða
hrafn inn hvassleiti;
hrundi á borð sveiti.
Þess réð þó dála
— þrymr vas hôr stála —
eyðis undglóða
Eirekr skip hrjóða.

Vagn felldi virða; inn hvassleiti hrafn valði of stirða nái; sveiti hrundi á borð. Eirekr réð þó hrjóða dála skip {þess eyðis {undglóða}}; {þrymr stála} vas hôr.
 
‘Vagn felled warriors; the sharp-eyed raven chose between stiff corpses; blood flowed onto the gunwale. Eiríkr managed nevertheless to clear completely the ship of that destroyer of wound-embers [SWORDS > WARRIOR = Vagn]; the din of steel weapons [BATTLE] was loud.

notes and context

After he has dealt with Búi Vésetason’s ship, Eiríkr jarl lays his ship alongside Vagn Ákason’s. Vagn counters Eiríkr’s attack with supreme valour and kills many men but is eventually overcome. The ship is cleared and Vagn is captured and taken ashore with thirty others.

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editions and texts

Skj: Þórkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 12: AI, 555, BI, 538, Skald I, 261; Fms 1, 179, Fms 12, 45, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 196 (ch. 90); Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 31, 82-3.

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