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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Balti Sigdr 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bǫðvarr balti, Sigurðardrápa 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 535.

Bǫðvarr baltiSigurðardrápa

text and translation

Þar fell allt ok ǫrvir
— ulfr rauð á her dauðum
teðr — í tognings veðri
tveir jǫfrar lið þeira.

Þar fell allt lið þeira ok tveir ǫrvir jǫfrar í {veðri tognings}; ulfr rauð teðr á dauðum her.
‘There fell their entire force and two audacious princes in the storm of the sword [BATTLE]; the wolf reddened its teeth on the dead army.

notes and context

As sts 1-2 above.

Magnús inn blindi was killed during the battle, and Sigurðr slembidjákn was captured, tortured and hanged. See Notes to sts 1/5, 8 and 2/3-4 above. — [1] fell (3rd pers. sg. pret. indic.) ‘fell’: The verb is in the sg. but has a pl. subject (see NS §70).



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: Bǫðvarr balti, Sigurðardrápa 3: AI, 504, BI, 478, Skald I, 234; Mork 1867, 222, Mork 1928-32, 439, Andersson and Gade 2000, 388, 494 (Sslemb).


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