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Kolli Ingdr 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Kolli inn prúði, Ingadrápa 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, pp. 530-1.

Kolli inn prúðiIngadrápa
234

Lýsa munk, hvé ljósa
— laut hrafn í ben Gauta —
— ǫrn fylldit sik sjaldan —
sárísa rauð vísi.
Goldit varð, þeims gerðu,
glaumherðǫndum sverða,
— rauns at ríki þínu —
róg, á Krókaskógi.

Munk lýsa, hvé vísi rauð {ljósa sárísa}; hrafn laut í ben Gauta; ǫrn fylldit sik sjaldan. {{Sverða glaum}herðǫndum}, þeims gerðu róg, varð goldit á Krókaskógi; rauns at ríki þínu.

I shall describe how the ruler reddened {bright wound-icicles} [SWORDS]; the raven bent over the wounds of the Gautar; not seldom did the eagle sate itself. {The strengtheners {of the racket of swords}} [(lit. ‘racket-strengtheners of swords’) BATTLE > WARRIORS] who caused strife were repaid in Sörbygden; there is proof of your power.

Mss: Mork(33v) (Mork); F(71ra); Kˣ(645r), E(53r), J2ˣ(348r), 42ˣ(40v) (Hkr); H(119v), Hr(78va) (H-Hr)

Readings: [3] fylldit: fylldi F, 42ˣ, Hr    [4] vísi: vísir Hr    [5] varð: var Hr    [7] rauns (‘raun er’): raun Hr

Editions: Skj AI, 503, Skj BI, 476, Skald I, 234; Mork 1867, 209, Mork 1928-32, 417, Andersson and Gade 2000, 374, 491 (Sslemb); F 1871, 327 (Hsona); ÍF 28, 306-7 (Hsona ch. 2), E 1916, 185; Fms 7, 210 (Hsona ch. 3).

Context: The st. describes the battle of Sörbygden between Ingi’s men, Magnús inn blindi and Magnús’s Swed. ally, Jarl Karl Sónason (Mork: ‘Sørkvisson’) of Götaland in 1137.

Notes: [1, 4] ljósa sárísa ‘bright wound-icicles [SWORDS]’: Skj B takes the adj. ljósa (m. acc. pl.) ‘bright’ as a f. acc. sg. modifying ben (l. 2; taken as sg. ‘wound’): í ljósa ben Gauta ‘in the bright wound of the Gautar’. Again, Ingi could not possibly have ‘reddened the bright wound-icicles’ on this occasion (see Notes to sts. 1/7 and 2/5, 8 above). — [8] á Krókaskógi ‘in Sörbygden’: Located in Bohuslän, present-day Sweden.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  4. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Andersson, Theodore M. and Kari Ellen Gade, trans. 2000. Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157). Islandica 51. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  6. Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  7. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  8. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  9. E 1916 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1916. Eirspennill: AM 47 fol. Nóregs konunga sǫgur: Magnús góði – Hákon gamli. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske historiske kildeskriftskommission.
  10. Mork 1867 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1867. Morkinskinna: Pergamentsbog fra første halvdel af det trettende aarhundrede. Indeholdende en af de ældste optegnelser af norske kongesagaer. Oslo: Bentzen.
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