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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

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.

Mss: Mork(35r) (Mork)

Readings: [4] snekkja: snekkju Mork    [5] sonr: son Mork

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

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

Notes: [4] snekkja (f. nom. sg.) ‘warship’: The oblique sg. (snekkju ‘warship’) has been emended to the nom. to provide a subject for hrauzk ‘was cleared’ (l. 1). See also Note to st. 12/2 above.


  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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