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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ív Sig 30II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 30’ 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. 519.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

text and translation

Mœtti Finni        fremðargjǫrnum
ǫrr oddviti        austr á Kvildrum.
Létu nýtan        naddveðrs boða
Ulfs arfþega        ǫndu týna.

Ǫrr oddviti mœtti fremðargjǫrnum Finni austr á Kvildrum. Létu {nýtan boða {naddveðrs}}, {arfþega Ulfs}, týna ǫndu.
‘The valiant leader met ambition-eager Finnr east at Kville. They caused the able offerer of the spear-storm [BATTLE > WARRIOR], Úlfr’s inheritor [= Finnr], to lose his life.

notes and context

Sigurðr encountered Finnr Sauða-Úlfsson and captured him.

The st. reports on the death of Finnr, which comes later in the prose text when Sigurðr captures and hangs him at Kville, in northern Bohuslän, present-day Sweden (see Mork 1928-32, 429; Andersson and Gade 2000, 53). Finnr was the great-grandson of Úlfr stallari ‘the Marshal’ Óspaksson (Úlfr). See ÍF 28, 120.


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


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