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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Ív Sig 13II

[1-2]: The F and Mork variants can be construed as follows: margir tóku við syni Magnúss ‘many accepted the son of Magnús’ (so F); tóku síðan Sigurð til landa ‘they then elected Sigurðr (to rule) the lands’ (so Mork). The F reading is unmetrical (l. 2, við Magnúss syni, is hypermetrical), and the Mork version seems to have been occasioned by corruption from the prose text (Mork 1928-32, 414): Her vicr hann sva til at þvi sem fyʀ var sagt at þeir toco við S. slembi at konvngi ‘here he [Ívarr] refers to that which was mentioned previously, that they accepted Sigurðr slembir as king’. See Andersson and Gade 2000, 50.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Andersson, Theodore M. and Kari Ellen Gade, trans. 2000. Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157). Islandica 51. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  3. Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.


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