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Bǫðvarr balti (Balti)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Sigurðardrápa (Sigdr) - 4

Skj info: Bǫðvarr balti, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 504-5, BI, 476-7).

Skj poems:
Sigurðardrápa

Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 255, 263, 277) lists Bǫðvarr balti ‘Bear’ (Balti) among the poets of Sigurðr munnr ‘Mouth’ Haraldsson (d. 1155; see ‘Royal Biographies’ in Introduction to this vol.), but he is otherwise unknown. His nickname is given as halti ‘the Lame’ in Mork (see Introduction below), but that must be a scribal error because both Skáldatal and ms. U of SnE agree on balti. We do not know whether Bǫðvarr was from Iceland or Norway.

Sigurðardrápa (‘Drápa about Sigurðr’) — Balti SigdrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Bǫðvarr balti, Sigurðardrápa’ 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, pp. 533-6.

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Skj: Bǫðvarr balti: Sigurðardrápa, o. 1150 (AI, 504-5, BI, 477-8)

in texts: LaufE, Mork, Skm, SnE

SkP info: II, 533-6

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files

 

1 Nú skal lýst, hvé, Lista
læskjarr konungr, — harra
gerðisk afreksorða
efnd — þíns fǫður hefndir.
Létuð — hjalms at holmi
hríð spurðisk sú víða —
— ofkúgi dó jǫfra —
allvaldr, Sigurð falla.
Deceit-shy king of Lista [NORWEGIAN KING = Sigurðr munnr Haraldsson], now it shall be described how you avenged your father; the fulfilment of the lord’s words of courage took place. Mighty ruler, you caused Sigurðr to fall; that storm of the helmet [BATTLE] near the island was heard of far and wide; the oppressor of princes [= Sigurðr slembidjákn] died.
2 Magnús varð (at morði)
málsnjallr í bǫð falla
(réð fyr ræsis dauða
ríkr þjóðkonungr slíkum).
Meir rak þik til þeira,
þreksterkr konungr, verka
— flagðs hest hafið flestan
fylldan — nauðr, an skyldi.
Eloquent Magnús had to fall in battle; the powerful, mighty king caused such a death of the ruler during the onslaught. Courage-strong king, a greater need than should have been [necessary] forced you into those deeds; you have sated many a horse of the troll-woman [WOLF].
3 Þar fell allt ok ǫrvir
— ulfr rauð á her dauðum
teðr — í tognings veðri
tveir jǫfrar lið þeira.
There fell their entire force and two audacious princes in the storm of the sword [BATTLE]; the wolf reddened its teeth on the dead army.
4 Alls engi verðr Inga
undir sólar grundu
bǫðvar hvatr né betri
brœðr landreki œðri.
No land-ruler at all, brave in battle, will become more distinguished or better than Ingi’s brother [= Sigurðr munnr] beneath the ground of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN].
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