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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Sigv Lv 1I

[All]: The stanza itself does not overtly commemorate anything other than a successful fishing trip, but the tale that supplies its context is of great interest. For conflicting views on its Irish or Norse derivation, see Bugge (1897a) and Lie (1946a), and on the tradition, in Old Icelandic literature, of miraculous origins for a poet’s craft, see Turville-Petre (1972b, 42-3) and ÍF 9, c-ci. See also Clunies Ross (1999a), who emphasises the wonder-tale elements of an initiatory rite of passage and the acquisition of special powers by ingestion of a marvellous substance. For another skaldic stanza attached to an anecdote accounting for a gift of poetry, see Hhal Lv and Introduction to that.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Clunies Ross, Margaret. 1999a. ‘From Iceland to Norway: Essential Rites of Passage for an Early Icelandic Skald’. alv 9, 55-72.
  3. ÍF 9 = Eyfirðinga sǫgur. Ed. Jónas Kristjánsson. 1956.
  4. Bugge, Sophus. 1897a. ‘Sagnet om hvorledes Sigvat blev skald’. ANF 13, 209-11.
  5. Lie, Hallvard. 1946a. ‘Sagnet om hvorledes Sigvat blev skald’. MM, 66-74.
  6. Turville-Petre, Gabriel. 1972b. ‘Dreams in Icelandic Tradition’. In Turville-Petre 1972a, 30-51. Rpt. with a postscript; originally published in Folklore 69 (1958), 93-111.
  7. Internal references
  8. Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Hallbjǫrn hali, Lausavísa’ 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. 362.


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