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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ív Sig 22II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 22’ 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. 514-15.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

text and translation

Vann í Elfi,        þars jǫfurr barðisk,
fall folkstara,        til fǫðurleifðar.
Skulfu skeyti;        skot mǫgnuðusk;
hnigu hringviðir        hvárratveggju.

Vann fall {folkstara} í Elfi, þars jǫfurr barðisk til fǫðurleifðar. Skeyti skulfu; skot mǫgnuðusk; {hringviðir} hnigu hvárratveggju.
‘He furnished slaughter for the battle-starling [RAVEN] in the Götaälv, where the prince fought for his patrimony. Arrows shook; shots intensified; sword-trees [WARRIORS] fell on both sides.

notes and context

Sigurðr steered west and headed up the Götaälv, where he captured six ships from Þórir hvínantorði and Óláfr, the son of Haraldr kesja Eiríksson.


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 22: AI, 498-9, BI, 471, Skald I, 231; Mork 1867, 212, Mork 1928-32, 422, Andersson and Gade 2000, 377, 492 (Sslemb); F 1871, 329 (MbHg).


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