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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þorm Lv 15I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Lausavísur 15’ 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. 826.

Þormóðr KolbrúnarskáldLausavísur

text and translation

Hafa þóttumk ek, hættinn
happsœkjandi, ef tœkir,
hreins, við haldi mínu,
hvert land þegit, branda.
Ríkr, vilk með þér, rœkir
randar linns, ok Finni
— rǫnd berum út á andra
eybaugs — lifa ok deyja.

Ek þóttumk hafa þegit hvert land, {hættinn happsœkjandi {hreins branda}}, ef tœkir við haldi mínu. Vilk lifa ok deyja með þér ok Finni, {ríkr rœkir {linns randar}}; berum rǫnd út á {andra {eybaugs}}.
‘I would think that I had received every land, venturesome, fortunate attacker of the reindeer of stems [SHIP > SEA-WARRIOR = Óláfr], if you would accept my support. I wish to live and die with you and Finnr, mighty keeper of the serpent of the shield [SWORD > WARRIOR = Óláfr]; let’s bear the shield out onto the skis of the island-ring [SEA > SHIPS].

notes and context

In all texts but Fbr, after killing King Óláfr’s forecastle-man, Þormóðr jumps aboard the king’s ship and, once captured, is to be put to death. When the king’s staunch supporter Finnr Árnason discovers that it is Þormóðr who has been captured, he and Óláfr’s bishop Sigurðr successfully intercede with the king for Þormóðr’s life. The king then asks Þormóðr why he has thus put himself into his power, and Þormóðr replies with a stanza (Lv 15/5-8 + 20/1-4 in Fbr).



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: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld, 2. Lausavísur 15: AI, 285, BI, 263-4, Skald I, 135-6; ÓHÆ 1893, 6; ÓHLeg 1849, 45, 109, ÓHLeg 1922, 55, ÓHLeg 1982, 128-9; Hb 1892-6, 413, Fbr 1925-7, 208, ÍF 6, 265 (Fbr ch. 24), Loth 1960a, 155 (Fbr ch. 17), ÍS II, 841 (Fbr ch. 24); Flat 1860-8, II, 202, Fbr 1925-7, 226-7, ÓH 1941, II, 802, 804, ÍF 6, 286, ÍS III, 2279 (Þorm); Gaertner 1907, 310, 330-2, Finnur Jónsson 1932-3, 67-9.


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