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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Kormákr Ǫgmundarson (biog. vol. 5), 1. Sigurðardrápa, 5 [Vol. 3, 281]

[2] Sigrøðar ‘of Sigrøðr’: All mss except A have either Sigrøðar or Sigurðar. Hôkonar (so ms. A) makes Sigurðr jarl, son of Hákon Grjótgarðsson, the recipient of the helmingr (see Skj B; Finnur Jónsson 1931, 112); however, since none of the other mss corroborate this reading, ms. A probably contains a correction made later in the belief that the stanza was part of a poem for Sigurðr jarl. The present edn therefore adopts the reading Sigrøðar (cf. also Fidjestøl 1982, 92-3; SnE 1998, I, 206; Clunies Ross 2005a, 85). At first glance the stanza appears to be about a son of Sigrøðr, Haraldr hárfagri’s son who was raised by Hákon Grjótgarðsson and who was king in Trondheim for a time, but died at the battle of Tønsberg against his brother, Eiríkr blóðøx. However, Sigrøðr is not known to have had a ‘famous’ son. Thus Sigrøðar here presumably stands for Sigurðar, meaning Sigurðr jarl, and the stanza belongs to a poem about Hákon jarl, his son (Clunies Ross 2005a, 85 n. 3; Wood 1959a, 311). The form of the name, Sigrøðr as opposed to the expected Sigurðr, may be due to a lack of distinction between the two names despite their different etymological origins (Sievers 1889, 135-41; Lind 1905-15, 877). The reason the less common Sigrøðr appears here must have been metrical since its position calls for a long first syllable (Sigr-); cf. Note to st. 2/4 Sigvarði.

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