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Þorbjǫrn svarti — ÞsvartII

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Vol. 2, 624-5 —  — ed. Kari Ellen Gade

Poetry

Biography

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Biography of) Þorbjǫrn svarti’ 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. 624-5.

Þorbjǫrn svarti ‘the Black’ (Þsvart) was one of the skalds residing with Jarl Rǫgnvaldr Kali Kolsson (Rv) in Orkney, and he accompanied Rǫgnvaldr on the crusade to the Holy Land (1151-3; see ÍF 34, 204). Þorbjǫrn died of an illness in Acre (1152) and was likely buried there (ÍF 34, 230-1; Oddi Lv 4-5). Nothing else is known about Þorbjǫrn, and his ethnicity is also unknown—Finnur Jónsson tentatively calls him Orcadian (LH 1894-1901, II, 44-5; Skj), while Finnbogi Guðmundsson (ÍF 34, 204 n. 3) thinks he may have been an Icelander. Only one lv. by Þorbjǫrn survives (Þsvart Lv).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. ÍF 34 = Orkneyinga saga. Ed. Finnbogi Guðmundsson. 1965.
  3. LH 1894-1901 = Finnur Jónsson. 1894-1901. Den oldnorske og oldislandske litteraturs historie. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Gad.
  4. Internal references
  5. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Þorbjǫrn svarti, Lausavísa’ 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. 624-5.
  6. Judith Jesch (ed.) 2009, ‘Oddi inn litli Glúmsson, Lausavísur 4’ 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, p. 618.

other information

Þorbjǫrn svarti (Þsvart)

12th century

Skj AI, 531; BI, 512

volume 2

main editor: Kari Ellen Gade

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