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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ív Sig 43II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 43’ 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. 526.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

text and translation

Þat telk illa,        es jǫfurr skyldi
kynstórr koma        í kvalar slíkar.
Tekr Sigurði        síðan engi
maðr rǫskvari        of meðalkafla.

Þat telk illa, es kynstórr jǫfurr skyldi koma í slíkar kvalar. Engi maðr rǫskvari Sigurði tekr síðan of meðalkafla.
‘I declare it a disaster that a highborn prince should undergo such torments. No man bolder than Sigurðr will ever grasp a sword-hilt.

notes and context

After Sigurðr had been captured, his enemies tortured him and tried to flay him alive by whipping him. They also broke his arms and legs with axe-heads. Meanwhile Sigurðr sang the psalter and prayed for his enemies.



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 44: AI, 502, BI, 475, Skald I, 233; Mork 1867, 221, Mork 1928-32, 436-7, Andersson and Gade 2000, 386, 494 (Sslemb).


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