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Ívarr Ingimundarson (Ív)

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

Sigurðarbálkr (Sig) - 45

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.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39   40   41   42   43   44   45 

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, 506-7

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9 — Ív Sig 9II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 9’ 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. 506-7.

Sótti breiða        borg Jórsala
ǫrr oddviti        út í lǫndum,
áðr í vatni,        þvís vígði guð,
Sigurðr af sér        synðir þvægi.

Ǫrr oddviti sótti breiða borg Jórsala út í lǫndum, áðr Sigurðr þvægi af sér synðir í vatni, þvís guð vígði.

The brave leader visited the large city of Jerusalem in distant lands, before Sigurðr washed away his sins in the water which God had consecrated.

Mss: Mork(32v) (Mork)

Editions: Skj: Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbǫlkr 3: AI, 495, BI, 467-8, Skald I, 229; Mork 1867, 203, Mork 1928-32, 408, Andersson and Gade 2000, 368, 491 (Sslemb).

Context: Sigurðr went to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Notes: [5-8]: The water which God had consecrated must refer to the River Jordan. Although this is not stated explicitly in the prose of Mork, Hkr, which does not cite this st., gives the following account (ÍF 28, 297): Þá byrjaði hann ferð sína út til Jórsala ok kom til Jórdánar ‘Then he embarked on his journey to Jerusalem and came to the River Jordan’. In general, Scandinavian rulers who embarked on pilgrimages were fond of washing themselves in this river (see, e.g. Þstf Stuttdr 5 and Rv Lv 27). — [7] Sigurðr: The form is unmetrical and requires suspension of resolution. See Note to st. 6/1 above.

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