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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ív Sig 33II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 33’ 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. 521.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

Séa knátti þar        fyr Sigurði
bitra branda,         brynjur hǫggnar,
skarða skjǫldu,         skǫpt blóðroðin,
veðrblásin vé        of vegǫndum.

Þar knátti séa fyr Sigurði bitra branda, hǫggnar brynjur, skarða skjǫldu, blóðroðin skǫpt, veðrblásin vé of vegǫndum.

There one could see before Sigurðr sharp swords, sundered byrnies, chipped shields, blood-reddened spear-shafts, storm-swept banners above the fighting troops.

Mss: Mork(34r) (Mork)

Editions: Skj AI, 500, Skj BI, 473, Skald I, 232; Mork 1867, 215, Mork 1928-32, 428, Andersson and Gade 2000, 381, 493 (Sslemb).

Context: As st. 32 above.

Notes: [2] fyr Sigurði ‘before Sigurðr’: See Note to st. 6/1. — [8] of vegǫndum ‘above the fighting troops’: Echoes Guðr II, 4/8 (NK 224). See also Note to st. 6/1.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. 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.
  4. NK = Neckel, Gustav and Hans Kuhn (1899), eds. 1983. Edda: Die Lieder des Codex Regius nebst verwandten Denkmälern. 2 vols. I: Text. 5th edn. Heidelberg: Winter.
  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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