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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 The biography below may represent a superseded edition, notes and/or an interim or draft version. Do not cite this material without consulting the volume and skald editors.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, 833

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20 — Þorm Lv 20I

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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.

 Holm2 þer mvn ec eɴ vɴz ꜹþrvm allvaldr nait scalldvm ner | vettir þv þeirra þingdiarfr vm kne hvarfa. brꜹt comvmc ver þott veitim valtafn frecvm hrafni vizc eigi þat | vaga viɢrvdr eþa þar liɢiom. |  edit 
 972x Þier mun ek enn uns audrum | allvaldr nait skaldum | nær væntir þu þeirra | þing-diarfr fyri knie huarfa || brott komumz vier þo at veittim | val-tafn frekum hrafni | vist eigi þat vaga | viggrudr eþa þar liggiom. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 972x Thär mun ek | en unnas audrum alwaldr || nait Skaldum uer vetter tu | thera tingdiarfr um kna̋ huer | fa. braut komums wer tott | weitin wal tafn frekum hraf | ni witzt eigin that waga | wigruder edha thar liggiom. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 J2x Þer mvn ec enn unnz ꜹðrom || allvalldr nair scaldum | nær væntir þu þeira | þingdiarfr fyr kne hvarfa | brott komumz ver þo at veitim | valtafn frekum hrafne | vikz æigi þat vaga | viɢruþr æþa þar liɢiom  edit 
 321x þer mun unz audrum. allvalldr nair skalldum. nær væ | tter þu þeira þingdiarfr fyrer kne hvarfa. brꜹt komumz | ver þo at veitim. valtafn frekum rafni vizk eigi þad va | ga. viggrudr eda her liɢium. |   edit 
 Bæb Þer man ek enn unnz o᷎ðrum all | valldr nꜳír skálldum. nęr vęntir þu | þeirra þíngdíarfr fyrir kne huarfa brꜹt | komumz ver þo at væítím valtafn fre| kum hrafní. vínnz æigi þat vága víɢʀuðr | eða her liɢíum. |  edit 
 68 Þer mvn æk eɴ vɴz auðrom allvaldr nair skaldom ner væntir þv þeirra þingdiarfr fyr kne hvarfa | bravt komumz ver þott veitim valtafn frekom rafni vitzc eigi þat vaga | vigrudr eþa her liɢiom.  edit 
 73ax Þer man ek en unz o᷎ðrum · | allvalldr nꜳír skalldum · | nęr vęntir þu vent þeirra · þíngdíarfr fyr kne huarfa : | bꜹt komumz ver þo at væitím · | valtafn frekum hrafní · | vínnz æigi þat vága · | viɢʀuðr eða her líɢíum : |  edit 
 Holm4 Þer man | ec enn unnz oðrum allualldr nair scalldum ner | veitir þu þeiʀa þingdiarfr um kne huarfa. | brꜹt kommz ver þott veitim valtafn fre | kum rafne. Vit?z eige þat vaga uiɢruðr eða | her liɢium. |  edit 
 61 Þer mun ek en | unz audrum allualldr nꜳir skalldum næʀr vættir | þu þeirra þíngdiarfr firir kne huarfa brott komumz ver | þott veítím valtafn frekum hrafni vítz eigi þat vꜳga | víggruɴr eþa þar liggium·  edit 
 75e 4 Þier mun ec eɴ | uɴz audrum ? allvalldr nair scalldi ? nær vættir | [?] þingdiarfr of kne hvarfa ? braut ko | mumz þoat veitím ? valfall frekom hrafni | vítz eigi þat vaga ? vígrudr eda þar liɢium . |  edit 
 325V þer mun ek enn | vndz avðrum allv | alldr nair skallda nær væntir þv | þeirra þing diarfr vm kne hvarfa? burt k | omvmz ver þott veitvm valtafn frekvm | hrafni veizt eigi þat vaga viɢrvdr eða her liɢiom |  edit 
 325VII Þer mun ec ?eɴ? vnz ꜵðrum allvalldr naer scalldom cnǽr vǽittir þv þrottar þíngdiarfr vm kne hvarfa? braut komumz ver þo | at væitim valtafɴ frækum ʀafne. Vitz æigi ec þat vaga viggruðr eþa har liggium. |  edit 
 Bb þier | mun ek en vnz odrvm all valldr naer skall | dvm nęr vęntir þv þeira þingdiarfr firir kne· | hvarfla brott komvmzt ver þott veiteím valta- | fn frekvm hrafnní vizk eigi þar vaga vigrvdr | æda þer· liggivm  edit 
 Flat Þer mun ek | enn unnz o᷎drum alualldr naír skalldum nær vættir þu þeirra þing diarfr vm | kne huarfla braut komumzst ver þo væitim valtafnn frekum hrafnní vist e | ígum þat unga uíggrudr edr þar liggiu  edit 
 Tóm Þier mun ec enn unnz audrum? alualldr naít skalldum? nꜽr vꜽnnter þu þeirra? þíng diarfr | um kne huarfa? braut kuomumzt uꜽr þott veítum. val tafn frekum hrafní? veízt eigi þat uaga víggrodr | edr híer líggium |  edit 
 Kx Þer mun ec ⸌eɴ⸍ uɴz ǫþrom || allvaldr náit skaldum | ner vættir þu þeira | þingdiarfir vm kne hvarfa | brꜹt comumz ver þo at veitim | valtafn frekom hrafne | viz eigi þat vága | viɢruðr eþa her liɢiom  edit 
 DG8 Ner man ek enn unz aðrum, | allvalldr naeð skalldom, nær vænter þu þæirra, þingdiarfr úm kne hvar | va, braut komom ver þo at væitim, valtamn frekom ramne, vist æigú þæir | vnga, viggruðr eða her liggiúm  edit 
 Hb Þer mvn ek enn vndz odrum allvalldr nair skalldum ner vęttir þv þeira | þingdiarfr fyr kne. hvarfa.   edit 
 Hb brott | komvmz vęr. en vęttir valtafn frekum hrafni vex eigi þar vaga vi | ɢrvdr eda her liɢivm.  edit 
 142x Ytr mun ek enn unnz auðrum | alvalldr nair skalldum | næʀ væntir þu þeiʀa | þingdiarfr fyr kne hvarfla |   edit 
 142x brꜹt komumz ver ef veitum | valtafn frekum hrafni | vizk eigum þvi voga | viɢruðr eða her liɢium |   edit 
 566ax Þer mun ec enn unz oðrum | allvalldr nair skalldum | næʀ væntir þu þeiʀa | þingdiarfr um kne hvarfla | rikr vil ec með þer rækir | randar linnz at sinne | s[...]undum rond berum ut a andra | eybaugs lifa oc deyia ||  edit 
 566ax braut komumz ver ef veitum | valtafn frekum hrafni | vist eigum þat voga | viɢruðr eða her liɢium |  edit 
 141x Þer mon ec enn unz oðrom . | allvalldr nair scalldom | nær veitir þu þeiʀa | þingdiarfr um kne hvarfla | brꜹt comumz ver þo veitim | valtafn frekom Rafne | vist eigom þat voga | viɢruþr eþr þar liɢiom |   edit 
 papp4x þier mun eg enn vns ∙ odrumm | alls valldvr naer skalldumm , mier vænnter þu þeirra , þinngdiarfur | fyr knie hvarfa , ʀijkur vileg med þier ʀæker , ʀannda linns j vinne | stunndvmm ꜳ̋r ꜳ̋ anndra , Eybaugs lifa ok deya , .   [RDF]  edit 

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