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Ív Sig 29II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 29’ 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. 518-19.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

Veitti vísi        fyr Valsnesi
sókn snarpliga        Svína-Grími.
Hann lét missa        mildings *nefa
hœgri handar,        áðr hjaldr lykisk.

Vísi veitti Svína-Grími snarpliga sókn fyr Valsnesi. Hann lét {*nefa mildings} missa hœgri handar, áðr hjaldr lykisk.

The leader made a vigorous attack on Svína-Grímr (‘Pig-Grímr’) off Valsneset. He caused {the nephew of the generous one} [= Svína-Grímr] to lose his right hand before the fighting came to a close.

Mss: Mork(34r) (Mork)

Readings: [6] *nefa: hnefa Mork

Editions: Skj AI, 500, Skj BI, 472, Skald I, 232; Mork 1867, 215, Mork 1928-32, 427, Andersson and Gade 2000, 380, 493 (Sslemb).

Context: When Sigurðr arrived at Valsneset in Trøndelag, he captured Svína-Grímr and had his right hand cut off.

Notes: [2] fyr Valsnesi ‘off Valsneset’: Located on the peninsula Fosen in Nord-Trøndelag. — [6] mildings ‘of the generous one’: Mildingr usually denotes a (generous) ruler (see LP: mildingr 2), but none of the prose texts provides any information about the identity of Svína-Grímr’s uncle. — [6] *nefa ‘the nephew’: The ms. reading hnefa ‘fist’ makes no sense in this context and must have been caused by the association with handar ‘hand’ (l. 7).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. LP = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1931. Lexicon poeticum antiquæ linguæ septentrionalis: Ordbog over det norsk-islandske skjaldesprog oprindelig forfattet af Sveinbjörn Egilsson. 2nd edn. Copenhagen: Møller.
  4. Andersson, Theodore M. and Kari Ellen Gade, trans. 2000. Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157). Islandica 51. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  5. Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  6. Mork 1867 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1867. Morkinskinna: Pergamentsbog fra første halvdel af det trettende aarhundrede. Indeholdende en af de ældste optegnelser af norske kongesagaer. Oslo: Bentzen.

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