Bersi Skáldtorfuson1 was an Icelandic skald, active around the year 1000. He was a court poet to Earl Sveinn Hákonarson. During the Battle of Nesjar he was captured by King Óláfr Haraldsson's forces. In captivity he composed three of his four stanzas which have survived.
One lausavísa is attributed to Bersi in the surviving fragments of Óláfs saga helga by Styrmir Kárason. But the same stanza is attributed to Sigvatr Þórðarson in Heimskringla and to Óttarr svarti in other sagas on St. Óláfr.11 Styrmir's saga gives some information on Bersi's career in St. Óláfr's service and indicates that he died in 1030.
Bersi was at some point at the court of King Canute the Great where Sigvatr Þórðarson addressed him in verse after they had both received gifts from the king.12 Apart from being mentioned in the kings' sagas Bersi also has a minor role in Grettis saga where he asks Earl Sveinn to spare Grettir Ásmundarson's life.13
Bersi's mother, Skáld-Torfa, was apparently also a poet but none of her works have come down to us.
- The names can be represented or Anglicized as Bersi/Bessi/Berse/Besse Skáld-Torfuson/Skáldtorfuson/Skald-Torfuson/Skaldtorfuson/Torfuson/Torfasson/Torfason.
- Eysteinn Björnsson translates : "I will never again, under no circumstance, follow a greater leader (than this) storm-herald of fire of horse of waves."
- Here taken from Eysteinn Björnsson's online edition of the skaldic corpus. 
- The original has hagkennandi hróðrs, a kenning for "poet".
- The original kenning is boði elda úthauðrs knarrar; "herald of the fire of the outer land of the knörr", i.e. "herald of the fire of the sea", i.e. "herald of the gold", i.e. "generous man". Hollander substitutes a kenning referring to the dragon Fáfnir who lay on a pile of gold.
- The original has a kenning for "blades"; bjartar svaltungur rekninga, "bright cool tongues of swords".
- The original has a kenning for "ship"; Áta öndurr, "ski of Áti (a sea-king)".
- Monsen 2004, p. 253.
- A kenning for "warrior". The kenning in the original is snarrœkir gunnar; "swift tender of gunnr (battle)". See .
- Hollander 1991, p. 285.
- Poole 1991, p. 95.
- Monsen 2004, p. 357.
- Fox 2001, page 54. See  for an alternative translation (by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon) of the relevant chapter or  for an edition of the Old Norse text.
- Björnsson, Eysteinn (2001). Lexicon of Kennings: The Domain of Battle.
- Fox, Denton and Hermann Pálsson (translators) (2001). Grettir's Saga. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-6165-6
- Jónsson, Finnur (1931). Lexicon Poeticum. København: S. L. Møllers Bogtrykkeri.
- Hollander, Lee M (editor and translator). (1991). Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway. University of Texas Press. ISBN 0-292-73061-6
- Monsen, Erling (editor and translator) and A. H. Smith (translator) (2004). Heimskringla Or the Lives of the Norse Kings. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 0-7661-8693-8
- Poole, Russell G. (1991). Viking Poems on War and Peace. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-6789-1
- Bersi Skáldtorfuson Extant poetry