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Ív Sig 40II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 40’ 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. 524-5.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

text and translation

Flýðu Jótar        átján skipum,
þeirs Sigurði        sunnan fylgðu.
Raufsk ræsis lið,        þás ríkr konungr
vanr vásfǫrum        vápna neytti.

Jótar, þeirs fylgðu Sigurði sunnan, flýðu átján skipum. Lið ræsis raufsk, þás ríkr konungr, vanr vásfǫrum, neytti vápna.
‘The Jótar, who had accompanied Sigurðr from the south, fled with eighteen ships. The ruler’s troop scattered when the mighty king, accustomed to hard journeys, wielded his weapons.

notes and context

During the first attack the Danes fled with eighteen ships.


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 41: AI, 501, BI, 474, Skald I, 233; Mork 1867, 218, Mork 1928-32, 432, Andersson and Gade 2000, 384, 494 (Sslemb).


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