Judith Jesch 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Sigvatr Þórðarson, Poem about Erlingr Skjálgsson’ 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. 628.
Sigvatr Þórðarson’s stanza about Erlingr Skjálgsson (Sigv Erl) compares him to Dala-Guðbrandr. Both were Norwegian chieftains who opposed King Óláfr Haraldsson (r. c. 1015-30) but, while Guðbrandr’s opposition ended in his baptism, Erlingr’s ended in his death, as described in Sigvatr’s Erlingsflokkr (Sigv Erlfl); on Erlingr see ‘Biographies of other dignitaries’ in Introduction to this volume. Erl is introduced by Snorri Sturluson (ÍF 27, 183, also ÓH 1941, I, 271) with the words Sigvatr kvað um Erling ‘Sigvatr recited about Erlingr’ in connection with Óláfr’s conflict with Guðbrandr. The context therefore does not reveal whether it was from a longer poem or was a free-standing lausavísa, nor is there any indication in the stanza itself. It cannot be from Sigv Erlfl since that was clearly composed after Erlingr’s death in the battle of Bókn (Bokn), c. 1027, while this stanza addresses a living Erlingr. Despite this, in ÓHLeg (1982, 154-6) it is cited between Sigv Erlfl 3 and 8, in the midst of the battle-description and before Erlingr is dead, and introduced by Enn kvað hann þessa vísu er hann frá Erling fallinn ‘Further, he [Sigvatr] recited this stanza when he heard that Erlingr was dead’.
The stanza is preserved in ÓHLeg and in Snorri Sturluson’s Óláfs saga helga in both the Separate (ÓH) and the Hkr (ÓHHkr) versions; these are jointly designated ÓH-Hkr below. The mss used are listed below; Kˣ is the main ms. It may be noted that the Bb text for this stanza belongs to the Hkr redaction, not the ÓH redaction, to which the greater part of Bb belongs.
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