Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 9’ 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. 506-7.
Sótti breiða borg Jórsala
ǫrr oddviti út í lǫndum,
áðr í vatni, þvís vígði guð,
Sigurðr af sér synðir þvægi.
Ǫrr oddviti sótti breiða borg Jórsala út í lǫndum, áðr Sigurðr þvægi af sér synðir í vatni, þvís guð vígði.
‘The brave leader visited the large city of Jerusalem in distant lands, before Sigurðr washed away his sins in the water which God had consecrated.’
Sigurðr went to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
[5-8]: The water which God had consecrated must refer to the River Jordan. Although this is not stated explicitly in the prose of Mork, Hkr, which does not cite this st., gives the following account (ÍF 28, 297): Þá byrjaði hann ferð sína út til Jórsala ok kom til Jórdánar ‘Then he embarked on his journey to Jerusalem and came to the River Jordan’. In general, Scandinavian rulers who embarked on pilgrimages were fond of washing themselves in this river (see, e.g. Þstf Stuttdr 5 and Rv Lv 27).
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