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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ív Sig 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 2’ 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. 503.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

text and translation

Vas með jarli        afkárlyndum
vargs verðgjafi        vestr í eyjum,
unz siklingar        sóknar hvattir
Fóstra…        …rufu.

{Verðgjafi vargs} vas með afkárlyndum jarli vestr í eyjum, unz siklingar, hvattir sóknar, …rufu Fóstra.
‘The wolf’s meal-giver [WARRIOR] stayed with the obstinate-minded jarl west in the isles, until the chieftains, urged to fighting, …Fóstri (‘the Fosterer’).

notes and context

As an adult, Sigurðr travelled abroad. He stayed with Jarl Haraldr Hákonarson in Orkney and participated in the killing of Þorkell fóstri Sumarliðason.

For these events, see also MbHgHkr (ÍF 28, 298) and Orkn (ÍF 34, 116-17). — [7-8]: Damaged in Mork (Mork was already damaged when it was copied in 761bˣ by ÁM) and the meaning of the last helmingr must be gleaned from the prose (Mork 1928-32, 406): Þar var Sigvrðr at raþom oc vigi ens gꜹfga mannz er Þorkell fostri het ‘There Sigurðr participated in the conspiracy against, and in the killing of, the distinguished man who was called Þorkell fóstri’. Þorkell fóstri had accompanied Sigurðr’s half-brother, Haraldr gilli, from the Hebrides to Norway (c. 1128). See MsonaHkr (ÍF 28, 299).



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 6: AI, 496, BI, 468, Skald I, 229; Mork 1867, 202, Mork 1928-32, 406, Andersson and Gade 2000, 367, 490 (Sslemb).


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