Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 3. Austrfararvísur, 17 [Vol. 1, 606]

[6] í gǫrðum ‘in the courts’: Ternström (1871, 50) would read í Gǫrðum ‘in Russia’, and Schreiner (1927-9c, 44-5) adopts this reading in support of his hypothesis that Austv is an amalgam of two poems. Sahlgren (1927-8, I, 179-80) also interprets the phrase this way, noting that in that event ens/ins milda ‘of the generous one’ in l. 5 must qualify môl ‘arrangements’ rather than gǫrðum. (Skj B takes gǫrðum ens/ins milda heiðmanns ‘courts of the generous jarl’ together.) For counter-arguments, see Toll (1927-9) and Patzig (1930b, 93-4). Finnur Jónsson (1934a, 16) argues that the claim in Fsk (cf. ÍF 29, 180) that Sigvatr visited Russia is the result of a misinterpretation of this stanza (which is not quoted in Fsk).


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