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, 525-6

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42 — Ív Sig 42II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 42’ 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. 525-6.

Varð á vatni        víkingr tekinn,
sás manna vas        mestr fullhugi.

Víkingr, sás vas mestr fullhugi manna, varð tekinn á vatni.

The viking, who was the most high-mettled of men, was captured in the water.

Mss: Mork(35r) (Mork)

Editions: Skj: Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbǫlkr 43: AI, 502, BI, 475, Skald I, 233; Mork 1867, 220, Mork 1928-32, 435, Andersson and Gade 2000, 386, 494 (Sslemb).

Context: After having jumped overboard, Sigurðr swam underwater and hid beneath a shield floating on the sea. There were many shields floating around, and his enemies did not know where he was. Finally they captured one of Sigurðr’s men who was also in the water and forced him to tell them under which shield Sigurðr was hiding.

Notes: [All]: Saxo (2005, II, 29, 3, pp. 314-15) also gives a vivid description of Sigurðr’s attempt to foil his enemies. According to him, Sigurðr jumped into the ocean and pulled off his clothes while under water. He tried to stay under as long as possible to make his enemies believe that he had drowned, but he finally had to come up for air. Exhausted from the cold, he was clinging to the rudder of a ship when he was discovered and captured. — [2] víkingr ‘the viking’: For this term, see Note to Hskv Útdr 1/1, 4.

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