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Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld (Þorm)

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

Þorgeirsdrápa (Þorgdr) - 15

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 The biography below may represent a superseded edition, notes and/or an interim or draft version. Do not cite this material without consulting the volume and skald editors.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

Þorgeirsdrápa — Þorm ÞorgdrV (Fbr)

Not published: do not cite (Þorm ÞorgdrV (Fbr))

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Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa, omkr. 1025 (AI, 277-81, BI, 256-6)

in texts: Fbr, Flat, Gr

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. Fóstbrœðra saga 2 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 1) — Þorm Þorgdr 1V (Fbr 2)

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Starf hófsk upp, þás arfa
auðveitir lét dauðan
(hestrennir vas hlunna
hugsnjallr) Klœings falla;
efnð tóksk Hávars hefnðar,
hafstóðs þás vas Móði
(hann hlaut happ at vinna
hvettr) fimtían vetra.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 1 (AI, 277; BI, 256); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 1149x, 141x, 142x, 1768x, 426x, 5317x, 566bx, 761bx, Flat, papp4x; texts: Fbr 2, Flat 481
 
2 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 3 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 2) — Þorm Þorgdr 2V (Fbr 3)

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).

Aldrspelli kveðk ollu
Ingolfs sonar (þingat
frétt es víg sem vættik)
vald há-Sleipnis tjalda;
fell fyr frœknum stilli,
fjǫrtjón vas þat ljóna,
(lítt vas þá til þrætu)
Þórbrandr drasils vandar.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 2 (AI, 277-8; BI, 256); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 141x, 142x, 1768x, 566bx, 761bx, Flat, M; texts: Fbr 3, Flat 482
 
3 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 4 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 3) — Þorm Þorgdr 3V (Fbr 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).

Vann, dugir verk at telja
(vápna hreggs) fyr seggjum,
(opt fló) geirr (frá gunni)
(gjóðr) Butralda hljóðan;
þótt kynni mun minni
margrjóðanda þjóðir
(né hnekkik því) þakkir
þess vígs fetils stíga.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 3 (AI, 278; BI, 256-7); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 142x, 1768x, 566bx, 761bx, M; texts: Fbr 4
 
4 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 5 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 4) — Þorm Þorgdr 4V (Fbr 5)

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).

Frétt hefr ǫld, at ôttum
(undlinns) þás svik vinna
(rjóðanda nautk ráða)
rógsmenn saman gnóga;
enn vilk einskis minnask
(œsidýrs við stýri
raun gatk fyrða fjóna
flóðs) nema okkars góða.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 4 (AI, 278; BI, 257); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 142x, 1768x, 566bx, 761bx, M; texts: Fbr 5
 
5 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 6 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 5) — Þorm Þorgdr 5V (Fbr 6)

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).

Kapp lét hǫldr, með hepni
hríð gerðisk þá sverða,
(hrátt gat hrafn at slíta
hold) Más syni goldit;
enn vas vágs at vígi
viggríðandi síðan
(kœnn bar greipr at gunni
gjarna) Skúfs ok Bjarna.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 5 (AI, 278; BI, 257); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 142x, 151x, 152, 1768x, 551a, 556a, 566bx, AM 558 c 4°x, DG10, Holm papp 27 4°x, M, papp6x; texts: Fbr 6, Gr 25
 
6 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 7 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 6) — Þorm Þorgdr 6V (Fbr 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).

Sex lét sævar Faxa
sviprunnr heðan Gunnar,
snjallr vas ôrr at ǫllu
undlinns, búinn sinnum;
salt-ǫttum réð særir
seims (frá ek þat) heiman
opt (vann auðar skiptir
erring) í haf knerri.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 6 (AI, 278-9; BI, 257); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 142x, 1768x, 566bx, M; texts: Fbr 7
 
7 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 10 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 7) — Þorm Þorgdr 7V (Fbr 10)

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).

Hús braut snarr til Snorra
sverðrjóðr, ok styr gerði
hinn es heiptir manna,
Hœkils sonar, rœkði;
varð, eggjaðr, þar þriggja
Þórgeirr, á hvǫt meiri,
(leygs hefk síks frá sœki
sann spurt), bani manna.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 7 (AI, 279; BI, 258); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 1149x, 141x, 142x, 1768x, 5317x, 566bx, 761bx, Flat, Hb, papp4x; texts: Fbr 10, Flat 505
 
8 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 11 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 8) — Þorm Þorgdr 8V (Fbr 11)

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Ôr mank, þegn hinns Þóris
þarfs, farligra, arfa,
hlýra hrafns, með geiri
happauðigr réð dauða;
dýrr hefnði svá sára
(slíkt fór alt af ríki)
Odds ok ernir sǫddusk
jóstýrandi hlýra.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 8 (AI, 279; BI, 258); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 1149x, 142x, 1768x, 5317x, 566bx, 761bx, Hb, papp4x; texts: Fbr 11
 
9 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 12 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 9) — Þorm Þorgdr 9V (Fbr 12)

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).

Njǫrðr gekk á skæ skorðu
skeljeggr (en þann teljum
hjaldr), es herja vildi,
hjǫrgaldrs með Rǫgnvaldi;
lítt sparði fjǫr fyrða
fremðar mildr at hildi,
drengs varð dôð in lengri;
djarfr vas Hávars arfi.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 9 (AI, 279; BI, 258); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 1149x, 141x, 142x, 1768x, 5317x, 566bx, 761bx, Flat, Hb, papp4x; texts: Fbr 12, Flat 506
 
10 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 13 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 10) — Þorm Þorgdr 10V (Fbr 13)

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Gaut veitk at son Sleitu
snarfengr meðal drengja
hǫldr við harðar deilðir
hjǫrdjarfan nam fjǫrvi;
ófeigum varð eigi
(almþing) í gný malma
(opt verðr rík þeims rœkir
raun) stynfullu launat.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 10 (AI, 279-80; BI, 258); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 1149x, 141x, 142x, 1768x, 5317x, 566bx, 73ax, 761bx, Flat, Hb, papp4x; texts: Fbr 13, Flat 507
 
11 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 14 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 11) — Þorm Þorgdr 11V (Fbr 14)

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Golls réð Þórgeirr þolla
því næst griða æsta,
sér es hann sáat fœri
svinngeðr með lið minna;
ǫll tók seggr enn snjalli
sǫnn, leygs, friðar mǫnnum,
fljóts þás fergir nýtan
fullmæli, réð tæla.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 11 (AI, 280; BI, 259); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 1149x, 141x, 142x, 1768x, 5317x, 566bx, 761bx, Hb, papp4x; texts: Fbr 14
 
12 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 15 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 12) — Þorm Þorgdr 12V (Fbr 15)

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Stirðr réð stafn at verja
strenghreins tøgum drengja,
ítr þvít, ôrr, vas heitinn
auðstjóri þrek, fjórum;
áðr sigreynir sínum
(sôr hlutu meðr) at hvôru
út við eigi lítla
erring fell á knerri.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 12 (AI, 280; BI, 259); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 1149x, 141x, 142x, 1768x, 5317x, 566bx, 761bx, Hb, papp4x; texts: Fbr 15
 
13 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 16 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 13) — Þorm Þorgdr 13V (Fbr 16)

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Kent hefr fjǫrs hvé frændum
folkhneitir skal veita
dýrr, þó at drengi væri
dylgjusamt at fylgja;
þægs, frák Þórgeir eiga,
þau eru orð komin norðan
handar grjóts frá hreyti,
hug þanns við mun brugðit.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 13 (AI, 280-1; BI, 259); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 1149x, 141x, 142x, 1768x, 5317x, 566bx, 761bx, Hb, papp4x; texts: Fbr 16
 
14 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 17 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 14) — Þorm Þorgdr 14V (Fbr 17)

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Hauks frák hræva lœkjar
harðræðis þrot bræði
við sviprunna sennu
sverðs aldrigi verða;
Már hét maðr ok Þórir
málsnjallr es lét falla
(áðr frôgum) þá (þeira)
Þórgeirr (lokit eirum).

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 14 (AI, 281; BI, 259); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 1149x, 141x, 142x, 1768x, 5317x, 566bx, 73ax, 761bx, Flat, Hb, papp4x; texts: Fbr 17, Flat 508
 
15 Vol. 5. Fóstbrœðra saga 18 (Þormóðr Kolbrúnarskáld, Þorgeirsdrápa, 15) — Þorm Þorgdr 15V (Fbr 18)

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).

Olli fjǫrr áðr felli
(flugtrauðr) hjarar dauða
(sá vas rœkjandi enn ríki
reggs) þrétían seggja;
þar lætk hjaldrs fyr hǫlðum
hins, es þrek gat vinna
(mál téa mín at deilask
mjúk) víga tal lúkask.

Skj: Þórmóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld: 1. Þórgeirsdrápa 15 (AI, 281; BI, 260); dróttkvætt; ed. RDF; group: D; mss: 1149x, 141x, 142x, 1768x, 5317x, 566bx, 761bx, Hb, papp4x; texts: Fbr 18
 
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