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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ív Sig 4II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 4’ 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. 504.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

text and translation

Þótti dýrum        Dáfinns liðum
engr maðr kominn        œðri þangat.
Bœtti vísi        verðungar lið;
hafði ungr konungr        almanna lof.

Þótti dýrum liðum Dáfinns engr œðri maðr kominn þangat. Vísi bœtti lið verðungar; ungr konungr hafði lof almanna.
‘It seemed to the splendid companions of David that no more distinguished man had [ever] come there. The ruler improved the host of retainers; the young king gained the praise of all men.

notes and context

Sigurðr was held in high esteem by the king and his chieftains.

Both Hkr and Orkn mention that David had a high regard for Sigurðr: Var hann þar virðr mikils ‘He was greatly esteemed there’ (ÍF 28, 298); ok hafði hann lagt á hann virðingar miklar ‘and he had held him in high esteem’ (ÍF 34, 115).


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 8: AI, 496, BI, 468, Skald I, 230; Mork 1867, 202, Mork 1928-32, 407, Andersson and Gade 2000, 367-8, 491 (Sslemb).


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