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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigoa Lv 1VIII (Ragn 19)

Rory McTurk (ed.) 2017, ‘Ragnars saga loðbrókar 19 (Sigurðr ormr í auga, Lausavísa 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 663.

Sigurðr ormr í augaLausavísa1

text and translation

(Þat) skal þriggja nátta
(ef þik tregar, móðir)
— leið eigu vér langa —
leiðangr búinn verða.
Skal Uppsölum eigi,
þó at ófafé bjóði,
ef oss duga eggjar,
Eysteinn konungr ráða.

Leiðangr skal verða búinn þriggja nátta, ef þat tregar þik, móðir; eigu vér langa leið. Eysteinn konungr skal eigi ráða Uppsölum, þó at bjóði ófafé, ef eggjar duga oss.
‘An expedition will be prepared within three nights, if that is what is causing you grief, mother; we have a long way to go. King Eysteinn will not rule Uppsala, though he may offer excessive payment, if sword-blades serve us well.

notes and context

The three-year-old Sigurðr here seeks to console his mother by advocating a hostile expedition to Sweden and an end to Eysteinn’s rule in Uppsala, no matter how great a sum Eysteinn may offer in appeasement.



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: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 2. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Ragnarssaga loðbrókar V 9: AII, 236, BII, 256, Skald II, 133, NN §§2369, 2514D, 2811; FSN 1, 267 (Ragn ch.9), Ragn 1891, 199-200 (ch. 9), Hb 1892-6, 461 (RagnSon ch. 2); Ragn 1906-8, 144, 183, 208-9 (ch. 10), Ragn 1944, 72-3, 75 (ch. 10), FSGJ 1, 254 (Ragn ch. 10), Ragn 1985, 128 (ch. 10), Ragn 2003, 39-40 (ch. 10), CPB II, 349.


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