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Sigurðr jórsalafari Magnússon (Sjórs)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Lausavísur (Lv) - 3

See ‘Royal Biographies’ in Introduction to this volume.

Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300 > 8. Introduction > 5. Biographies > 1. Royal Biographies > 1. Kings of Norway > p. Sigurðr I jórsalafari Magnússon (Sjórs) (r. 1103-30)

Sagas: Mberf, Msona (Ágr, Fsk, H-Hr, Hkr, Mork, Theodoricus).

Sigurðr, the second eldest son of Magnús berfœttr (see Genealogy II.3 in ÍF 28), became king of Norway upon his father’s death in 1103. He ruled jointly with his half-brothers, Óláfr (d. 1115) and Eysteinn (d. 1122). Sigurðr died of an illness in Oslo on 26 March 1130. He got his nickname, jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’, from his famous journey to Palestine (1108-11). Three lausavísur are attributed to Sigurðr (Sjórs Lv 1-3). For his life, see Anon Nkt 45, 49-52, Theodoricus (MHN 63-7; McDougall and McDougall 1998, 51-3), Ágr (ÍF 29, 47-51; Ágr 1995, 70-7), Mork (Mork 1928-32, 323, 336-99; Andersson and Gade 2000, 303, 312-58), Fsk (ÍF 29, 309, 315-21; Finlay 2004, 248, 252-8), Hkr (ÍF 28, 224, 237-77; Hollander 1991, 678, 686, 688-714), H-Hr (Fms 7, 49-50, 73-174). See also Knýtl (ÍF 35, 237; Hermann Pálsson and Edwards 1986, 122), Orkn (ÍF 34, 94-5, 100, 102-3, 139-40, 312, 315-16, 346, 348; Hermann Pálsson and Edwards 1987, 87-9, 116-17).

Events documented in poetry: Sigurðr’s journey to Palestine and Byzantium and his battles against the heathens 1108-11 (Sjórs Lv 3; Hskv Útkv; Hskv Útdr; Þstf Stuttdr; ESk Sigdr I); an amorous affair with the wife of one of his retainers (ESk Lv 1); his progressive insanity (ESk Lv 2); his dealings with the poet Þórarinn stuttfeldr (Sjórs Lv 2; Þstf Lv 1-3).

Lausavísur — Sjórs LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Sigurðr jórsalafari Magnússon, Lausavísur’ 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. 467-9.

stanzas:  1   2   3 

Skj: Sigurðr jórsalafari: Lausavísur (AI, 454-5, BI, 422-3)

in texts: Ágr, H-Hr, Mork

SkP info: II, 467-9

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1 Vol. 2. Sigurðr jórsalafari Magnússon, Lausavísur, 1 [Vol. 2, 467] — Sjórs Lv 1II

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Búendr þykkja mér baztir,
byggt land ok friðr standi.

Skj: Sigurðr jórsalafari: Lausavísur 1 (AI, 454; BI, 422); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: Ágr; texts: Ágr 7
 
2 Vol. 2. Sigurðr jórsalafari Magnússon, Lausavísur, 2 [Vol. 2, 467-8] — Sjórs Lv 2II

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Villir vísdóm allan,
veldr því karl í feldi.

Skj: Sigurðr jórsalafari: Lausavísur 2 (AI, 454; BI, 422); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 42x, 761bx, E, F, H, Hr, J2x, Mork; texts: H-Hr 321, Mork 185
 
3 Vol. 2. Sigurðr jórsalafari Magnússon, Lausavísur, 3 [Vol. 2, 468-9] — Sjórs Lv 3II

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Skjótt bark skjǫld enn hvíta
(skald biðr at goð valdi)
ár til eggja skúrar
ótrauðr en frá rauðan;
þar hefk hǫgg of hǫggvit
handvíst á Blálandi
(goð ræðr sókn ok sigri)
svanni þínum manni.

Skj: Sigurðr jórsalafari: Lausavísur 3 (AI, 454-5; BI, 422-3); dróttkvætt; ed. KEG; group: A2; mss: 42x, 761bx, E, F, H, Hr, J2x, Mork; texts: H-Hr 325, Mork 189
 
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