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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ív Sig 13II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 13’ 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. 509-10.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

text and translation

Tóku við mildum        Magnúss syni
Hǫrðar ok Sygnir        at Harald fallinn.
Sórusk margir        menn á þingi
buðlungs syni        í bróður stað.

Hǫrðar ok Sygnir tóku við {mildum syni Magnúss} at Harald fallinn. Margir menn á þingi sórusk í stað bróður {syni buðlungs}.
‘The Hǫrðar and Sygnir accepted the generous son of Magnús [= Sigurðr] after the fall of Haraldr. Many men at the assembly swore to be like a brother to the sovereign’s son [= Sigurðr].

notes and context

After the murder of Haraldr gilli (14 December 1136), the people of Nordhordland, Sogn and Fjordane elected Sigurðr king.

The Mork version of this st. is clearly corrupt, and has been chosen as the main ms. — [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.



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: Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbǫlkr 13: AI, 497, BI, 469, Skald I, 230; ÍF 28, 302 (MbHg ch. 16), F 1871, 325, E 1916, 182; Fms 7, 205 (MbHg ch. 20); ÍF 29, 330 (ch. 96); Mork 1867, 207, Mork 1928-32, 414, Andersson and Gade 2000, 372, 491 (Sslemb).


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