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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Balti Sigdr 4II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bǫðvarr balti, Sigurðardrápa 4’ 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, pp. 535-6.

Bǫðvarr baltiSigurðardrápa

text and translation

Alls engi verðr Inga
undir sólar grundu
bǫðvar hvatr né betri
brœðr landreki œðri.

Alls engi landreki, hvatr bǫðvar, verðr œðri né betri {brœðr Inga} undir {grundu sólar}.
‘No land-ruler at all, brave in battle, will become more distinguished or better than Ingi’s brother [= Sigurðr munnr] beneath the ground of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN].

notes and context

Grund sólar ‘the ground of the sun’ is given in Skm and LaufE as a variant kenning for ‘heaven’ (land sólar ‘the land of the sun’).

The various mss of SnE attribute this st. to different poets (see Introduction above). — Finnur Jónsson (SnE 1848-87, III, 640) believed that this half-st. could have been the refrain (stef) in Bǫðvarr‘s drápa, but the content suggests that it belonged to the end of the poem (see Fidjestøl 1982, 160).



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 4: AI, 505, BI, 478, Skald I, 235; SnE 1848-87, I, 316-17, II, 313, 526, SnE 1931, 113, SnE 1998, I, 34; LaufE 1979, 350.


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