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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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KormǪ Sigdr 6III

Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Kormákr Ǫgmundarson, Sigurðardrápa 6’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 283.

Kormákr ǪgmundarsonSigurðardrápa

text and translation

Hafit maðr ask né eskis
afspring með sér þingat
fésæranda at fœra
fats; véltu goð Þjaza.
Hverr myni vés við valdi,
vægja kind, of bægjask,
þvít fúr-Rǫgnir fagnar
fens; vá Gramr til menja.

Maðr hafit með sér ask né {afspring fats eskis} þingat at fœra {fésæranda}; goð véltu Þjaza. Hverr myni of bægjask við {valdi vés}, þvít {{fens fúr}-Rǫgnir} fagnar {kind vægja}; Gramr vá til menja.
‘A man will not have to bring either a bowl or the offspring of the ash vat [BOWL] with him to a meeting with the wealth-wounder [GENEROUS MAN]; the gods deceived Þjazi. Who would fight against the owner of the sanctuary [RULER], since the Rǫgnir <= Óðinn> of the fire of the fen [(lit. ‘fire-Rǫgnir of the fen’) GOLD > GENEROUS RULER] rejoices in the descendant of swords [SWORD]; Gramr <legendary sword> fought for neck-rings.

notes and context

In Hákonar saga góða (Hkr) this stanza precedes a description of Sigurðr jarl as a generous ruler and an observer of sacrifice, and it is said to be part of Sigurðardrápa by Kormákr Ǫgmundarson.

This is the only stanza to consist of two helmingar. Because it also contains two stælt lines and the two half-stanzas differ in content, they may have been arbitrarily linked in Hkr, and it is therefore possible that they ought to be edited as two separate helmingar. — [5]: This is the only line in the stanza without a hending, and it is not possible to supply one (Finnur Jónsson 1891b, 318). Kock’s (NN §2426A) attempt to create skothending by emending to vild must be rejected.



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 6: AI, 80, BI, 69-70, Skald I, 42-3, NN §§263, 1064, 2426A; Hkr 1893-1901, I, 187-8, IV, 49-50, ÍF 26, 168 (HákGóð ch. 14).


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