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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ív Sig 37II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 37’ 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. 523.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

text and translation

Hraut í stǫngum,        þars hildingar
við víg vanir        vápna neyttu.
Friðr slitnaði        frænda á millum;
guðr geisaði;        gekk hildr saman.

Hraut í stǫngum, þars hildingar, vanir við víg, neyttu vápna. Friðr slitnaði á millum frænda; guðr geisaði; hildr gekk saman.
‘There was a crash among the standard-poles where the heroes, experienced in war, wielded weapons. Peace was broken between kinsmen; battle raged; the onslaught commenced.

notes and context

The two fleets joined battle on the Sunday after S. Martin’s Day (12 November 1139) by the island Holmengrå in Hvaler, now in present-day Sweden.


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 38: AI, 501, BI, 474, Skald I, 233; Mork 1867, 218, Mork 1928-32, 431-2, Andersson and Gade 2000, 383, 493 (Sslemb).


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