Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigmundr ǫngull (Sigm)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Judith Jesch;

Skj info: Sigmundr ǫngull, Orknøsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 532, BI, 512-13).

Skj poems:
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Sigmundr ǫngull Andrésson (Sigm) is said in Orkn (ÍF 34, 179-80, 216) to have been the stepson of Sveinn Ásleifarson, the anti-hero of the latter part of the saga and opponent of Rǫgnvaldr jarl. Sigmundr’s father was based in the Isle of Man, so possibly a Manxman, while his mother had the ON name of Ingiríðr, but after Sveinn married her, Sigmundr was brought up in Orkney. His nickname means ‘(fish-)hook’ but no explanation is given of this; his Irish Sea origins might suggest a link with Ǫngulsey ‘Anglesey’, but the name is common enough both as a given name and a nickname (Lind 1905-15, 1251; Lind 1920-1, 413; Lind 1931, 899-900). Both the saga prose and the way in which Sigmundr’s sts are cited suggest a close relationship between him and Rǫgnvaldr jarl.

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