Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ívarr Ingimundarson (Ív)

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

Sigurðarbálkr (Sig) - 45

Skj info: Ívarr Ingimundarson, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 495-502, BI, 467-75).

Skj poems:
Sigurðarbǫlkr

Details from Ívarr’s life are known from his þáttr in Mork (1928-32, 354-6) and in H-Hr (Fms 7, 103-6). He was an Icelander of good family and could have been the son of Ingimundr inn gamli ‘the Old’ Þorsteinsson of Vatnsdalur, who had a son called Ívarr (see LH 1894-1901, II, 59-60). According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254-5, 262-3, 276), Ívarr composed about King Magnús berfœttr ‘Barelegs’ Óláfsson (d. 1103) and Magnús’s sons Eysteinn (d. 1122) and Sigurðr jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’ (d. 1130), as well as about Sigurðr slembidjákn ‘Fortuitous-deacon’ (?) (d. 1139). Only his poem about the latter survives. See also SnE 1848-87, III, 619-22.

Sigurðarbálkr (‘Bálkr about Sigurðr’) — Ív SigII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr’ 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. 501-27.

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Skj: Ívarr Ingimundarson: Sigurðarbǫlkr, o. 1140 (AI, 495-502, BI, 467-75); stanzas (if different): 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43 | 44 | 45 | 46

SkP info: II, 509-10

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13 — Ív Sig 13II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 13’ 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. 509-10.

Tóku við mildum        Magnúss syni
Hǫrðar ok Sygnir        at Harald fallinn.
Sórusk margir        menn á þingi
buðlungs syni        í bróður stað.

Hǫrðar ok Sygnir tóku við {mildum syni Magnúss} at Harald fallinn. Margir menn á þingi sórusk í stað bróður {syni buðlungs}.

The Hǫrðar and Sygnir accepted {the generous son of Magnús} [= Sigurðr] after the fall of Haraldr. Many men at the assembly swore to be like a brother {to the sovereign’s son} [= Sigurðr].

Mss: (642v), 39(43va), F(70va-b), E(52r), J2ˣ(346r-v), 42ˣ(39v) (Hkr); H(118v), Hr(78ra) (H-Hr); FskBˣ(94v), FskAˣ(372-373) (Fsk); Mork(33r) (Mork)

Readings: [1] við mildum: margir F, síðan Mork    [2] Magnúss syni: við Magnúss syni F, Sigurð til landa Mork    [3] Hǫrðar: ‘horða’ Mork    [4] at: ept 42ˣ, FskBˣ    [5] Sórusk: so 39, E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ, H, Hr, FskBˣ, FskAˣ, ‘svoruz’ Kˣ, svǫrðusk F, Mork    [7] buðlungs: ‘buþlvgs’ Mork

Editions: Skj: Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbǫlkr 13: AI, 497, BI, 469, Skald I, 230; ÍF 28, 302 (MbHg ch. 16), F 1871, 325, E 1916, 182; Fms 7, 205 (MbHg ch. 20); ÍF 29, 330 (ch. 96); Mork 1867, 207, Mork 1928-32, 414, Andersson and Gade 2000, 372, 491 (Sslemb).

Context: After the murder of Haraldr gilli (14 December 1136), the people of Nordhordland, Sogn and Fjordane elected Sigurðr king.

Notes: [All]: The Mork version of this st. is clearly corrupt, and has been chosen as the main ms. — [1-2]: The F and Mork variants can be construed as follows: margir tóku við syni Magnúss ‘many accepted the son of Magnús’ (so F); tóku síðan Sigurð til landa ‘they then elected Sigurðr (to rule) the lands’ (so Mork). The F reading is unmetrical (l. 2, við Magnúss syni, is hypermetrical), and the Mork version seems to have been occasioned by corruption from the prose text (Mork 1928-32, 414): Her vicr hann sva til at þvi sem fyʀ var sagt at þeir toco við S. slembi at konvngi ‘here he [Ívarr] refers to that which was mentioned previously, that they accepted Sigurðr slembir as king’. See Andersson and Gade 2000, 50.

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