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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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KormǪ Sigdr 2III

Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Kormákr Ǫgmundarson, Sigurðardrápa 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 277.

Kormákr ǪgmundarsonSigurðardrápa

text and translation

Meiðr es mǫrgum œðri
morðteins í dyn fleina;
hjǫrr fær hildibǫrrum
hjarl Sigvarði jarli.

{Meiðr {morðteins}} es mǫrgum œðri í {dyn fleina}; hjǫrr fær hildibǫrrum Sigvarði jarli hjarl.
‘The tree of the battle-twig [SWORD > WARRIOR] is more outstanding than many in the din of spears [BATTLE]; the sword provides battle-ready Sigurðr jarl with land.

notes and context

The helmingr is cited in Skm (SnE) as an example of a noun denoting ‘tree’ (meiðr) appearing as a base-word in a kenning for ‘man’.

This stanza refers to a Sigurðr jarl (see Note to st. 1/1, 2, 4), although other sources do not connect him with any warlike undertakings.



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: Kormákr Ǫgmundarson, 1. Sigurðardrápa 2: AI, 79, BI, 69, Skald I, 42; SnE 1848-87, I, 414-15, II, 325, 436, 585, III, 75, SnE 1931, 147, SnE 1998, I, 65.


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