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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, 524

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39 — Ív Sig 39II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 39’ 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, p. 524.

Flugu hundruðum        herstefnu til
sárgǫgl of sæ        sveita at drekka.
Eyddu oddar        jǫfurs fulltrúum,
— morð miklaðisk —        þás Magnús fell.

{Sárgǫgl} flugu hundruðum of sæ til {herstefnu} at drekka sveita. Oddar eyddu fulltrúum jǫfurs, þás Magnús fell; morð miklaðisk.

{Wound-goslings} [RAVENS/EAGLES] flew in hundreds across the sea to {the army-meeting} [BATTLE] to drink blood. Spear-points destroyed the prince’s confidants when Magnús fell; fighting intensified.

Mss: Mork(34v) (Mork)

Editions: Skj: Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbǫlkr 40: AI, 501, BI, 474, Skald I, 233; Mork 1867, 218, Mork 1928-32, 432, Andersson and Gade 2000, 383, 493 (Sslemb).

Context: As sts 37-8 above.

Notes: [All]: According to Mork (1928-32, 433) and Hkr (ÍF 28, 316), Magnús was resting in his bed during the battle, but when the ship was cleared, his faithful retainer, Hreiðarr Grjótgarðsson, took him in his arms and tried to jump over into another ship. A spear hit Hreiðarr between the shoulders, and the same spear penetrated Magnús and caused his death. Mork (1928-32, 433) reports Magnús’s dying words: Þat melti M. konvngr blindi er hann fecc scotit. Þat com .vij. vetrom til siþ ‘This is what King Magnús the Blind said when the spear hit him: “That came seven years too late”’.

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