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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Austv 13I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Austrfararvísur 13’ 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. 601.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonAustrfararvísur

text and translation

Átt hafa sér, þeirs sóttu,
sendimenn fyr hendi
Sygna grams, með sagnir
siklinga, fǫr mikla.
Spǫrðumk fæst, en fyrða
fǫng eru stór við gǫngu;
vǫrðr réð nýtr, þvís norðan,
Nóregs, þinig fórum.

Sendimenn {grams Sygna}, þeirs sóttu siklinga með sagnir, hafa átt sér mikla fǫr fyr hendi. Spǫrðumk fæst, en fǫng fyrða eru stór við gǫngu; {nýtr vǫrðr Nóregs} réð, þvís fórum norðan þinig.
‘The messengers of the lord of the Sygnir [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr], who sought out lords with messages, have had a big journey on their hands. I spared myself very little, but men’s baggage is large along the way; the able guardian of Norway [= Óláfr] determined that we went from the north in that direction.

notes and context

When they have arrived at Rǫgnvaldr jarl’s residence, the jarl says they must have had a difficult journey, and Sigvatr responds with this and the following stanza.



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 13: AI, 237, BI, 223, Skald I, 116, NN §2448A, 2473; Fms 4, 188, Fms 12, 84-5, ÓH 1941, I, 202 (ch. 75), Flat 1860-8, II, 114; Hkr 1777-1826, II, 126, VI, 86, Hkr 1868, 309 (ÓHHkr ch. 92), Hkr 1893-1901, II, 173, ÍF 27, 139, Hkr 1991, I, 349 (ÓHHkr ch. 91); Ternström 1871, 18-19, 47-8, Jón Skaptason 1983, 94, 242.


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