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Þórðr Kolbeinsson (ÞKolb)

11th century; volume 1; ed. Jayne Carroll;

V. Lausavísur (Lv) - 12

Skj info: Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 212-19, BI, 202-9).

Skj poems:
1. Belgskakadrápa
2. Gunnlaugsdrápa ormstungu
3. Eiríksdrápa
4. Lausavísur

Þórðr Kolbeinsson (ÞKolb) was born c. 974 in Iceland (ÍF 3, lxxxviii). The Hauksbók version of Ldn names his father as Kolbeinn klakkhǫfði ‘Lump-head’ (?) Atlason, from Atley (Atløy) in Norway, while the Sturlubók version names him as Kolbeinn Þórðarson (ÍF 1, 99, 144, lxiv-vi). Þórðr’s mother is said in Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa (BjH, ÍF 3, 168) to be called Arnóra; in Ldn (ÍF 1, 142) she is also identified as the daughter of Gunnbjǫrn. Þórðr’s home was at Hítarnes in western Iceland; the poet Arnórr jarlaskáld (ArnII), one of Þórðr’s five sons, was born there. Two other sons, Kolbeinn and Kolli, are named in BjH, and three unnamed daughters are also mentioned (ÍF 3, 125, 171-2, 174, 179, 208). Nothing is known about Þórðr’s death.

Þórðr is famous as the villain of BjH, in which he marries Oddný eykyndill ‘Island-candle’ Þorkelsdóttir, having deceived her into believing that Bjǫrn Arngeirsson (BjhítV), to whom she is betrothed, is dead. This intensifies a life-long feud between Þórðr and Bjǫrn which ends with Bjǫrn’s death at Þórðr’s hands.

Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 253, 257, 258, 261, 262, 266, 274, 280, 283) names Þórðr as poet to four rulers: Eiríkr jarl Hákonarson of Hlaðir (Lade; d. c. 1023); the Norwegian kings Óláfr Haraldsson (d. 1030) and, in the U redaction, Magnús góði ‘the Good’ Óláfsson (d. 1047); and, in the 761aˣ redaction, the Danish king Sveinn Úlfsson (d. 1076). Of these, only Eiríkr is named in source texts as the recipient of surviving stanzas, although BjH (ÍF 3, 126-7) has Þórðr compose and recite a drápa for Óláfr. It is doubtful on chronological grounds that Þórðr composed for Sveinn Úlfsson, and it has been suggested (Fidjestøl 1982, 117) that confusion with Sveinn tjúguskegg ‘Fork-beard’ (d. 1014) might lie behind the erroneous listing. Seventeen stanzas about Eiríkr jarl survive, and in this edition all are attributed to Eiríksdrápa (ÞKolb Eirdr) with varying degrees of confidence. BjH places Þórðr in Eiríkr’s retinue in Norway, c. 1007, delivering a poem entitled Belgskakadrápa ‘Bag-shaking drápa’ (ÍF 3, 115-9), but this may be the same poem as Eirdr, whose content suggests that Þórðr paid court to Eiríkr in England after the conquest of Knútr inn ríki (Cnut the Great) in 1016 and before Eiríkr’s death c. 1023 (see Introduction to Eirdr). In addition to Eirdr, twelve lausavísur (ÞKolb Lv 1-12V) are preserved in BjH, mostly directed against the saga’s hero, Bjǫrn, and a single stanza said to be by Þórðr (ÞKolb GunndrV) survives in praise of the poet Gunnlaugr ormstungu ‘Serpent-tongue’ Illugason (GunnlIV, d. c. 1008; ÍF 3, 101-2). These are edited in SkP V.

Lausavísur — ÞKolb LvV (BjH)

Not published: do not cite (ÞKolb LvV (BjH))

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Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur (AI, 217-219, BI, 207-209)

in texts: BjH

This edition is currently in preparation and will be published in a forthcoming volume of the series. The text below is from a superseded edition (Skj where relevant).

1 Vol. 5. Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa 4 (Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Lausavísur, 1) — ÞKolb Lv 1V (BjH 4)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Út skalt ganga -
illr þykki mér
gleymr þinn vesa
við griðkonur;
sitr þú á ǫptnum,
es inn komum,
jafnauðigr mér -
út skalt ganga.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur 1 (A; BI, 207); fornyrðislag; ed. AF; group: D; mss: 488x, 551d αx; texts: BjH 4
 
2 Vol. 5. Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa 7 (Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Lausavísur, 2) — ÞKolb Lv 2V (BjH 7)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Muna mun Bjǫrn, at Birni
bauga Grund ór mundum,
snót en snerriláta,
slapp Hítdœlakappa;
skapat vas mér, en mjórar
munat þrjótr konu njóta,
(ráð es slíkt til snúðar)
sveigar þǫll at eiga.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur 2 (A; BI, 207); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: D; mss: 488x, 551d αx; texts: BjH 7
 
3 Vol. 5. Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa 13 (Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Lausavísur, 3) — ÞKolb Lv 3V (BjH 13)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Sextán vas hugr hjóna,
hverr lifði sér (þverri
raus) einn (óru húsi),
auð-Hlín, at mun sínum,
áðr garðvita gerði
grundar einn fyr stundu
stríðir stǫkk í búðum
stórgeðr liði óru.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur 3 (A; BI, 207); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: D; mss: 488x, 551d αx; texts: BjH 13
 
4 Vol. 5. Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa 14 (Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Lausavísur, 4) — ÞKolb Lv 4V (BjH 14)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Út skalt ganga -
oss selduð mjǫl
rautt áliti,
rúg sagðir þú;
en þás virðar
vatni blendu,
vas aska ein -
út skalt ganga.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur 4 (A; BI, 207); fornyrðislag; ed. AF; group: D; mss: 488x, 551d αx; texts: BjH 14
 
5 Vol. 5. Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa 19 (Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Lausavísur, 5) — ÞKolb Lv 5V (BjH 19)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Hvat skyldir þú halda
heimaríkr at slíku
enn (hǫfumk orkn of skemðan)
ár á mínu sári?
þat mun sorg, und saurgum,
seimþollr, hala kollu
remmitungls at rǫngum
randalfr greipt þú kalfi.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur 5 (A; BI, 208); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: D; mss: 488x, 551d αx; texts: BjH 19
 
6 Vol. 5. Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa 22 (Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Lausavísur, 6) — ÞKolb Lv 6V (BjH 22)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Hvestum tolf, en tvistir
társ, mær, gefendr vôru
Leifa vegs, í Laufa
laungǫgl Beruhrauni;
ofláta sák ítran,
áðr sték fljótt á grjóti,
(hafa vildu þá hǫlðar
herðimann) í gerðum.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur 6 (A; BI, 208); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: D; mss: 488x, 551d αx; texts: BjH 22
 
7 Vol. 5. Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa 23 (Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Lausavísur, 7) — ÞKolb Lv 7V (BjH 23)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Þorns veitk at berr Birni
Baldr rógs sǫgu skjaldar
(neytr þykkisk sá nýtir
naðrbings) an mér aðra,
þvít enn (þœtti betri
þǫgn élviðum Hǫgna)
nú's eldskerðir orðinn
eggleiks bani tveggja.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur 7 (A; BI, 208); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: D; mss: 488x, 551d αx; texts: BjH 23
 
8 Vol. 5. Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa 31 (Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Lausavísur, 8) — ÞKolb Lv 8V (BjH 31)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Bjǫrn tekr brátt es mornar,
bráðr við illu ráði;
grǫnum es vanr at grípa
glópr við hverju hrópi;
ok hvikmála hœlir
hveimleiðr með stjǫl breiðan,
sanni firðr ok svinnu,
siti hann vesalstr manna.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur 8 (A; BI, 208); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: D; mss: 488x, 551d αx; texts: BjH 31
 
9 Vol. 5. Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa 33 (Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Lausavísur, 9) — ÞKolb Lv 9V (BjH 33)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Ǫllungis biðk allar,
atgeirs, ok skeið þeira,
(rétt skilk) rammar véttir,
ruðr óps, þærs hlýrn skópu,
at, stríðbendi, standi,
stálgaldrs en ek valda,
blóðugr ǫrn of Birni
bráðgjarn hǫfuðsvǫrðum.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur 9 (A; BI, 209); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: D; mss: 162F, 488x, 551d αx; texts: BjH 33
 
10 Vol. 5. Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa 37 (Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Lausavísur, 10) — ÞKolb Lv 10V (BjH 37)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Lóskat, - snarr, at snerru
segg þann bitu eggjar,
hinn's fyr heiði sunnan,
hugprýði mér frýði, -
at, morðvanðan, myndak
(meins hlutum rán af beini),
bitu þann fyr sǫk sanna
sverð, hans bani verða.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur 10 (A; BI, 209); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: D; mss: 488x, 551d αx; texts: BjH 37
 
11 Vol. 5. Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa 38 (Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Lausavísur, 11) — ÞKolb Lv 11V (BjH 38)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Hvert stefnið ér hrafnar
hart með flokk enn svarta?
Farið ljóst matar leita
landnorðr frá Klifsandi;
þar liggr Bjǫrn, en Birni
blóðgǫgl of skǫr stóðu,
(þollr hné hjalms), á hjalla
Hvítings ofar lítlu.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur 11 (A; BI, 209); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: D; mss: 488x, 551d αx; texts: BjH 38
 
12 Vol. 5. Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa 39 (Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Lausavísur, 12) — ÞKolb Lv 12V (BjH 39)

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Móðr verðk mitt hross leiða,
mjúk verðra fǫr sjúkrar,
(reið esa fljót) uns Fríði
fjargvefjar dag margan;
þvít (hjǫrborgar) hvergi
Hlǫkk unði sér dǫkkvar
(mikit stríð vas þat -Móða
merki-) skins fyr verkjum.

Skj: Þórðr Kolbeinsson: 4. Lausavísur 12 (A; BI, 209); dróttkvætt; ed. AF; group: D; mss: 488x, 551d αx; texts: BjH 39
 
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