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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

Dáfinns ‘of David’

Dáfinnr (noun m.): [David]


[2] Dáfinns ‘of David’: Dáfinnr is an ON folk-etymological variant of Dávíð (David) patterned on the variants Finnr and Fiðr.


œðri ‘more distinguished’

œðri (adj. comp.): nobler, higher


Bœtti ‘improved’

bœta (verb; °-tt-): better, emend, compensate


[5] bœtti ‘improved’: I.e. he increased the reputation of the retainers by his presence.


verðungar ‘of retainers’

verðung (noun f.): troop, retinue


hafði ‘gained’

hafa (verb): have


ungr ‘the young’

ungr (adj.): young


almanna ‘of all men’

almennr (adj.): [all men]


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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).


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