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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ív Sig 41II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 41’ 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. 525.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

text and translation

Hrauzk und jǫfri        austan komnum
— bitu slǫg suðrœn —        snekkja með stǫfnum,
þás skjǫldungs sonr        af skipi sínu
sóknfœrr á sæ        sunds kostaði.

Snekkja hrauzk með stǫfnum und jǫfri austan komnum—suðrœn slǫg bitu—, þás {sóknfœrr sonr skjǫldungs} kostaði sunds á sæ af skipi sínu.
‘The warship was cleared from stem to stern beneath the prince who had arrived from the east—southern weapons bit—, when the battle-able son of the king [= Sigurðr] tried swimming in the sea [by leaping] from his ship.

notes and context

When his ship had been cleared, Sigurðr jumped overboard, trying to save himself (he was a very strong swimmer).



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 42: AI, 502, BI, 474, Skald I, 233; Mork 1867, 220, Mork 1928-32, 435, Andersson and Gade 2000, 385, 494 (Sslemb).


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