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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ív Sig 8II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 8’ 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. 506.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

text and translation

Vann Róms gǫtu        ræsir Þrœnda
fœti farna,        sás frama drýgði.
Sótti síðan        ok synðum hrauð
hers oddviti        helga dóma.

{Ræsir Þrœnda}, sás drýgði frama, vann farna gǫtu Róms fœti. Síðan sótti oddviti hers helga dóma ok hrauð synðum.
‘The ruler of the Þrœndir [NORWEGIAN KING = Sigurðr], who increased his honour, travelled the road to Rome on foot. Then the leader of the army visited holy shrines and expiated his sins.

notes and context

From Scotland Sigurðr proceeded to Rome, Palestine and the River Jordan, visiting holy shrines.

See Note to st. 3 [All]. Hkr (ÍF 28, 297) places the pilgrimage before Sigurðr’s stays in Orkney and Scotland, whereas Orkn (ÍF 34, 217) agrees with Mork in describing his progress from Scotland to Rome.


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 2: AI, 495, BI, 467, Skald I, 229; Mork 1867, 203, Mork 1928-32, 408, Andersson and Gade 2000, 368, 491 (Sslemb).


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