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ESk Sigdr I 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Sigurðardrápa I 1’ 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. 538.

Einarr SkúlasonSigurðardrápa I
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Vásǫflugr réð vísi
vestr helmingi mestum;
óð at ensku láði
ægis marr und harra.
Stôl lét hilmir hvílask
heiptglaðr ok vas þaðra
(né gramr af Val Vimrar)
vetrlengis (stígr betri).

Vásǫflugr vísi réð vestr mestum helmingi; {marr ægis} óð at ensku láði und harra. Heiptglaðr hilmir lét stôl hvílask ok vas þaðra vetrlengis; né stígr betri gramr af {Val Vimrar}.

The tireless leader went west with the largest unit; {the horse of the ocean} [SHIP] advanced toward the English land beneath the lord. The war-happy prince let the prows rest and was there all winter long; a better ruler will not step off a {Valr <horse> of Vimur <river>} [SHIP].

Mss: (607v-608r), 39(36vb), F(60vb), E(37r), J2ˣ(317r-v), 42ˣ(16v-17r) (Hkr); H(94v), Hr(64rb-va) (H-Hr)

Readings: [1] ‑ǫflugr: ‘ꜹfligr’ J2ˣ, ‑auðigr H, Hr;    vísi: vísir Hr    [3] ensku láði: ‘æsku saþi’ 42ˣ    [4] und: við 39, F, E, J2ˣ, viðr 42ˣ, ‘udir’ Hr    [7] af: á 39, F, at Hr    [8] stígr: kemr F

Editions: Skj AI, 455, Skj BI, 423, Skald I, 209; ÍF 28, 240 (Msona ch. 3), F 1871, 281, E 1916, 130; Fms 7, 77 (Msona ch. 3).

Context: Sigurðr set out on his journey to Palestine and wintered with King Henry I in England on the first leg of the journey.

Notes: [All]: For Sigurðr’s journey to England, see also Þstf Stuttdr 3. — [2] helmingi ‘unit’: See Note to Valg Har 4/1. — [4] und ‘beneath’: Við ‘along with’ (so 39, F, E, J2ˣ, 42ˣ) is also a possible reading. — [5] stôl ‘the prows’: See Note to Bǫlv Harðdr 5/3, 4. — [7] Val ‘a Valr <horse>’: For this horse-name, see Note to Arn Hryn 19/4. — [8] vetrlengis ‘all winter long’: Sigurðr stayed in England 1008-9, although the ON sources traditionally date his arrival in England to one or two years earlier (1006 or 1007; see McDougall and McDougall 1998, 113 n. 318).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  5. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  6. E 1916 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1916. Eirspennill: AM 47 fol. Nóregs konunga sǫgur: Magnús góði – Hákon gamli. Kristiania (Oslo): Den norske historiske kildeskriftskommission.
  7. McDougall, David and Ian McDougall, trans. 1998. Theodoricus monachus. Historia de antiquitate regum norwagiensium: An Account of the Ancient History of the Norwegian Kings. Viking Society for Northern Research Text Series 11. University College, London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  8. Internal references
  9. Not published: do not cite (MsonaII)
  10. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Hrynhenda, Magnússdrápa 19’ 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. 205.
  11. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þórarinn stuttfeldr, Stuttfeldardrápa 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. 475.
  12. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 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, p. 303.
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