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Þskakk Erldr 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld, Erlingsdrápa 3’ 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. 635.

Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáldErlingsdrápa
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fjarðar ‘of the fjord’

fjǫrðr (noun m.): fjord

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Erlingr ‘Erlingr’

Erlingr (noun m.): Erlingr

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[2] Erlingr: For Erlingr, see ‘Biographies of Other Dignitaries’ in Introduction to this vol.

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at ‘to’

3. at (prep.): at, to

[2] at: af J2ˣ

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[2] at víkingum ‘to the vikings’: For this term, see Note to Hskv Útdr 1/1, 4.

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víkingum ‘the vikings’

víkingr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -i; -ar): viking

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[2] at víkingum ‘to the vikings’: For this term, see Note to Hskv Útdr 1/1, 4.

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af ‘from’

af (prep.): from

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[3] af Kœnu ‘from Kœna (“Little-boat”)’: Frírekr kœna came from a distinguished family in Trøndelag (see ÍF 28, 394 n. 1), and he had been a follower of Hákon herðibreiðr ‘Broad-shoulder’. After Hákon’s death (7 July 1162), Frírekr joined the forces of Sigurðr Markússfóstri (d. 1163), the son of Sigurðr munnr ‘Mouth’ Haraldsson.

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Kœnu ‘Kœna (‘Little-boat’)’

kona (noun f.; °-u; -ur/-r(KlmA1980 116¹¹), gen. pl. kvenna/kvinna): woman

[3] Kœnu: ‘kuænu’ Hr

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[3] af Kœnu ‘from Kœna (“Little-boat”)’: Frírekr kœna came from a distinguished family in Trøndelag (see ÍF 28, 394 n. 1), and he had been a follower of Hákon herðibreiðr ‘Broad-shoulder’. After Hákon’s death (7 July 1162), Frírekr joined the forces of Sigurðr Markússfóstri (d. 1163), the son of Sigurðr munnr ‘Mouth’ Haraldsson.

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þaðra ‘there’

þaðra (adv.): there

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Fœrðr ‘placed’

2. fœra (verb): bring

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vas ‘was’

2. vera (verb): be, is, was, were, are, am

[5] vas (‘var’): er F, om. Hr

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fleinn ‘The anchor-fluke’

fleinn (noun m.; °dat. fleini): spear

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meðal ‘between’

meðal (prep.): between

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Frí ‘Frírekr’s’

[6] Frí‑: Frið‑ H, Hr

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reks ‘’

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nekkvi ‘somewhat’

2. nǫkkvi (adv.): somewhat, a little

[6] nekkvi (‘necki’): nǫkkvi all others

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skolldi ‘swung’

skolla (verb): ridicule, rock

[7] skolldi: skelldi F

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óþarfr ‘harmful’

óþarfr (adj.): harmful

[7] óþarfr: óþǫrf E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ, H, Hr

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ǫldum ‘to people’

ǫld (noun f.; °; aldir): people, age

[7] ǫldum: ǫldu E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ, H, Hr

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illgjarn ‘evil-eager’

illgjarn (adj.): [evil-eager]

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[8] illgjarn Bjarni ‘evil-eager Bjarni’: Also called Bjarni inn illi ‘the Evil’. Bjarni is otherwise unknown, but he may have been identical with Strað-Bjarni ‘Fucked-Bjarni’ who was the companion of Frírekr on an earlier occasion (see ÍF 28, 378).

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Bjarni ‘Bjarni’

Bjarni (noun m.): Bjǫrn, Bjarni

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[8] illgjarn Bjarni ‘evil-eager Bjarni’: Also called Bjarni inn illi ‘the Evil’. Bjarni is otherwise unknown, but he may have been identical with Strað-Bjarni ‘Fucked-Bjarni’ who was the companion of Frírekr on an earlier occasion (see ÍF 28, 378).

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After the execution of the royal pretender Sigurðr Markússfóstri (1163), some of his former adherents, among them Frírekr kœna and Bjarni inn illi, began to plunder in Viken. Erlingr skakki, who had spent the winter in Kungälv (Kunungahella), went north to Viken and captured the two of them. He bound Fríkekr to an anchor and plunged him into the sea, and he hanged Bjarni.

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