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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

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.

Mss: Mork(34v) (Mork)

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

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.

Notes: [6] á millum frænda ‘between kinsmen’: Ingi and Sigurðr were the sons of Haraldr gilli and hence Sigurðr’s nephews. Magnús inn blindi was their cousin.


  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. Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  5. 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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