Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigurðr slembidjákn Magnússon (Slembir)

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

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Sigurðr slembidjákn, Norsk kongesön, d. 1139 (AI, 495, BI, 467).

Skj poems:
Lausavísa

See ‘Royal Biographies’ in Introduction to this volume.

Lausavísa — Slembir LvII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Sigurðr slembidjákn Magnússon, Lausavísa’ 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. 499-500.

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Skj: Sigurðr slembidjákn: Lausavísa, 1138-39 (AI, 495, BI, 467); stanzas (if different): [v]

SkP info: II, 499-500

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1 — Slembir Lv 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sigurðr slembidjákn Magnússon, Lausavísa 1’ 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. 499-500.

Gótt vas í gamma,        es vér glaðir drukkum,
ok glaðr grams sonr        gekk meðal bekkja.
Vasa þar gamans vant        at gamansdrykkju;
þegn gladdi þegn        þarlands sem hvar.

Vas gótt í gamma, es vér drukkum glaðir, ok {glaðr sonr grams} gekk meðal bekkja. Þar vasa vant gamans at gamansdrykkju; þegn gladdi þegn, þarlands sem hvar.

It was good in the hut when we drank, gladdened, and {the glad-hearted son of the ruler} [= Sigurðr] went between the benches. There was no lack of cheer at the cheerful drinking; retainer gladdened retainer, there as everywhere.

Mss: (649r-v), E(54r), J2ˣ(349v-350r), 42ˣ(42r) (Hkr); H(120v), Hr(79ra) (H-Hr); Mork(34r) (Mork); F(71vb)

Readings: [1] í: á E    [2] es: þars Mork, F    [3] sonr: son all    [5] Vasa (‘vara’): varat Hr    [6] gamans‑: gaman E, H, Hr, F    [7] gladdi: kvaddi H, Hr    [8] hvar: var E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ, Mork, F, ek var H, Hr

Editions: Skj: Sigurðr slembidjákn, Lausavísa: AI, 495, BI, 467, Skald I, 229; ÍF 28, 312 (Hsona ch. 6), E 1916, 188; Fms 7, 216 (Hsona ch. 7); Mork 1867, 214, Mork 1928-32, 425, Andersson and Gade 2000, 379, 492 (Sslemb); F 1871, 330 (Hsona ch. 8).

Context: According to Hkr, which provides a more detailed context than Mork and Fsk, Sigurðr and twenty of his men spent the winter of 1138-9 in Finnmark, Norway, where they stayed in a cave near Fiskefjorden (Gljúfrafjǫrðr) and received provisions from a nearby farmstead. Sigurðr commissioned two ships from the Saami, and the Saami entertained him and his men in their turf hut.

Notes: [All]: For Sigurðr’s dealings with the Saami, see also Anon (Hsona) 2. — [1] í gamma ‘in the hut’: A gammi was a hut made by the Saami from earth or turf. These huts were in general small, and the st.’s depiction of what seems to be a festive banquet in a royal residence must have been somewhat at odds with reality. — [8]: Echoes Þstf Stuttdr 3/6.

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