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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Erlfl 1I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Flokkr about Erlingr Skjálgsson 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 631.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonFlokkr about Erlingr Skjálgsson

text and translation

Út réð Erlingr skjóta
eik, sás rauð inn bleika,
— iflaust es þat — jǫfri,
arnar fót, at móti.
Skeið hans lá svá síðan
siklings í her miklum
(snarir bǫrðusk þar sverðum)
síbyrð við skip (fyrðar).

Erlingr, sás rauð inn bleika fót arnar, réð skjóta út eik at móti jǫfri; þat es iflaust. Skeið hans lá svá síðan í miklum her siklings, síbyrð við skip; snarir fyrðar bǫrðusk þar sverðum.
‘Erlingr, who reddened the pale foot of the eagle, caused the oak vessel to be launched against the ruler [Óláfr]; that is without doubt. His warship lay thus afterwards in the great host of the prince [Óláfr], alongside [his] ship; brisk men fought there with swords.

notes and context

Erlingr Skjálgsson joins battle with King Óláfr and fights valiantly, with the odds against him. Sigvatr is in Vík (Viken) when he hears of the death of his friend Erlingr.

For the sea-battle at Bókn (Bokn in Boknafjorden, Jæren, Rogaland), c. 1027, see also Ólhelg Lv 6-7, BjHall Kálffl 1-2. — [5-8]: Finnur Jónsson in Skj B posits a convoluted word order which is deplored by Kock (NN §638) and avoided here.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Sigvatr Þórðarson, 7. Flokkr om Erlingr Skjalgsson 1: AI, 244, BI, 228, Skald I, 118-19, NN §§620, 638Hkr 1893-1901, II, 403-4, IV, 154-5, ÍF 27, 314, Hkr 1991, II, 482 (ÓHHkr ch. 176); ÓH 1941, I, 481 (ch. 172), Flat 1860-8, II, 309; Jón Skaptason 1983, 113, 260-1.


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