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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞGísl Búdr 8I

Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 8’ 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. 949.

Þorkell GíslasonBúadrápa

text and translation

Búa frák greitt ganga
— gladdi svanr Hanga —
— vǫkt vas gǫll geira —
gegnum lið þeira.

Frák Búa ganga greitt gegnum lið þeira; {svanr Hanga} gladdi; {gǫll geira} vas vǫkt.
‘I have heard that Búi went straight through their troop; the swan of Hangi <= Óðinn> [RAVEN] was gladdened; the shriek of spears [BATTLE] was roused.

notes and context

Hákon jarl thinks it is unlikely he will prevail in the battle and his men begin to retreat. It is said by some that he goes ashore and sacrifices his seven-year-old son Erlingr; meanwhile, Búi Vésetason and Eiríkr jarl engage in a bitter fight.



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 8: AI, 554, BI, 537, Skald I, 261; Fms 1, 175, Fms 12, 43-4, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 191 (ch. 90); Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 28, 80. 


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