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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Austv 12I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Austrfararvísur 12’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 600.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonAustrfararvísur

text and translation

Út munu ekkjur líta,
allsnúðula, prúðar,
— fljóð séa reyk — hvar ríðum
Rǫgnvalds í bý gǫgnum.
Keyrum hross, svát heyri
harða langt at garði
hesta rôs ór húsum
hugsvinn kona innan.

Prúðar ekkjur munu líta út, hvar ríðum allsnúðula í gǫgnum bý Rǫgnvalds; fljóð séa reyk. Keyrum hross, svát hugsvinn kona heyri rôs hesta at garði harða langt innan ór húsum.
‘Fine ladies will look out where we ride very quickly through Rǫgnvaldr’s town; the women will see the dust-cloud. Let’s spur our horses so that a wise-minded woman may hear [our] steeds’ race to the manor at a very great distance from inside the buildings.

notes and context

The travellers enter Skarar (Skara) and approach the residence of Rǫgnvaldr jarl.

Fidjestøl (1997a, 339-40) finds this stanza paradigmatic of the treatment of women in Old Norse literature.



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: Sigvatr Þórðarson, 3. Austrfararvísur 12: AI, 237, BI, 223, Skald I, 116, NN §§318, 486, 1862; Fms 4, 136-7, Fms 12, 82, ÓH 1853, 56, 269, ÓH 1941, I, 136 (ch. 53), Flat 1860-8, II, 58; Hkr 1777-1826, II, 82-3, VI, 82, Hkr 1868, 275 (ÓHHkr ch. 70), Hkr 1893-1901, II, 114, ÍF 27, 94, Hkr 1991, I, 316 (ÓHHkr ch. 71); Ternström 1871, 10-11, 41, Konráð Gíslason 1892, 36, 175, Jón Skaptason 1983, 93, 242.


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