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Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (Þorm)

11th century; volume 5; ed. R. D. Fulk;

I. Lausavísur (Lv) - 33

Skj info: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld, Islandsk skjald, d. 1030. (AI, 277-88, BI, 256-66).

Skj poems:
1. Þórgeirsdrápa
2. Lausavísur

This edition is currently in preparation. The biography below may represent a superseded edition, notes and/or an interim or draft version. Do not cite this material without consulting the volume and skald editors.

Þormóðr Bersason’s (Þorm) story is told in Fóstbrœðra saga ‘Saga of the Sworn Brothers’ (Fbr), and on its witness he may be supposed to have been born c. 998 and to have died of a wound received in the battle of Stiklestad in 1030. The saga, however, is untrustworthy as to particulars, as the author seems to have derived most of his information about the poet from the poetry available to him. According to the saga, in childhood he and his friend Þorgeirr Hávarsson each swore that he would avenge the killing of the other if he lived. The latter, at the age of fifteen, avenged the killing of his father, initiating a string of thirteen killings commemorated in Þormóðr’s poem celebrating his sworn brother, ÞorgeirsdrápaDrápa about Þorgeirr’ (Þorgdr). Even though their friendship ended when Þormóðr was about fifteen, Þormóðr travelled to Greenland after Þorgeirr was killed (c. 1024), to take vengeance on the perpetrator Þorgrímr trolli (‘Troll’? see Note to Fbr 29/1) and three of his sons. The poet earned his nickname kolbrúnarskáld ‘Coal-brow’s Poet’ for having composed poetry in praise of Þórbjǫrg kolbrún Glúmsdóttir, though none of these survive (probably for reasons of a moral nature; see Boyer 1990, 80). According to Þormóðar þáttr (Þorm; see Þorm Lv 10-11I) he served King Knútr inn ríki Sveinsson (Cnut the Great) in Denmark before returning to Norway, where he spent the last part of his short life in the service of the king, Óláfr Haraldsson (S. Óláfr). According to a memorable passage in Hkr, on the morning of the battle of Stiklestad he recited Bjarkamál in fornu (Anon Bjark 1-2III) to rouse the king’s troops. For further biographical information, see Finnur Jónsson (1932-3, 31-3), ÍF 6, lii-lxx and Schach (1993).

Lausavísur — Þorm LvV (Fbr)

R. D. Fulk 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Lausavísur’ 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. 820.

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cross-references:  17 = Anon (Vǫlsa) 11I 

for reference only:  18x   19x   20x   21x   22x   23x   24x   25x 

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 2. Lausavísur (AI, 281-8, BI, 260-6)

SkP info: I, 834

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21 — Þorm Lv 21I

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Note: The following transcriptions have been entered to aid the editing process. These may not have been fully reviewed and checked and may therefore not be reliable. You may wish to consult the manuscript images. Any corrections can be notified to the database editor.

 Hb A ser at ver vorum vigreifr | m Oleifi. sar fekk ek helldr at hvarv hvitings ok frid litinn skin | a skilldi minum. skalld fekk hrid til kallda nęr hafa ęskiaskar || avrvendan. mik. gervan.  edit 
 142x A ser at ver vorum || vigreifir með Oleifi | sar feck ek helldr enn hvoru | hvit bruðr enn frið litinn | skin a skilldi minum | skalld hlaut hrið til striða | neʀ hafa eski askar | erendan mik giorfan |  edit 
 566ax A ser at ver vorum | vigreifir með oleifi | sar feck ec helldr en hvoru | hvit bruðr enn frið litinn | skin a skilldi minum || skalld hlaut hrið til kallda | neʀ hafa æski askar | erendan mic giorfann |   edit 
 papp4x þat sier at vær vorumm  vijgreifer med Oleifi | sꜳ̋r fieck helldvr ad huoru  huijt brudvr ok frid lijtinn  skin | ꜳ́ skilldi mijnum  skalld fieck hrijd til kallda  nær hafa | eski askar  aurvenndann mig giorvann .   [RDF]  edit 
 Flat Aser at ver uorum uígræifir med olæifui· | sár fek helldr at huoru huit brudr ok frid litinn skínn a skillde mínum | skalld fek hrid til kallda nærr hafa æski askar eyrendan mik geruan  edit 
 141x A ser at ver vorom | vigreifir með Oleifi | sar fecc helldr at hvoru | huit bruþr oc friþ litinn | skin a skylldi minum | scalld fecc hriþ til kallda | nær hafa æski askar | eyrendan mic gervan |   edit 
 761bx A ser at ver vorum | vigreifr (-fir) meþ Oleifi | sar fek ek helldr en (at) hvoru | hvitbruþr enn (oc) friþ litinn | skin (skinn) a skilldi minum | skalld hlaut (feck) hriþ til striþa (kallda) | nærr hafa eski (æski) askar | err(eyr:)endan mik giorfan. |  edit 

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