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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Austv 14I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Austrfararvísur 14’ 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. 603.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonAustrfararvísur

text and translation

Drjúggenginn vas drengjum
— drengr magnar lof þengils —
austr til jǫfra þrýstis
Eiðaskógr á leiðu.
Skyldit mér, áðr mildan
minn dróttin komk finna,
hlunns af hilmis runnum
hnekkt dýrloga bekkjar.

Eiðaskógr vas drjúggenginn drengjum á leiðu austr til {þrýstis jǫfra}; drengr magnar lof þengils. Skyldit mér hnekkt af {runnum {dýrloga {bekkjar hlunns}}} hilmis, áðr komk finna mildan dróttin minn.
‘Eidskogen was a long slog for the good fellows on the way east to the compeller of princes [RULER = Rǫgnvaldr]; the good fellow [I] strengthens the praise of the lord. I should not have been driven off by the bushes of the precious flame of the bench of the launcher [SEA > GOLD > MEN] of the ruler before I arrived to find my generous lord.

notes and context

As for st. 13.

The identity of the ruler addressed in the stanza is uncertain, but according to Snorri it is Rǫgnvaldr jarl (Context to st. 13). This would not be possible if Sigvatr’s destination Hof were a p. n. and were located in Norway (see Note to st. 4/1), since it is hardly to be supposed that any part of Norway was subject to his rule. — [2] drengr magnar lof þengils ‘the good fellow [I] strengthens the praise of the lord’: This intercalary introduces a note more characteristic of praise poetry into the travelogue.  — [7-8]: The grandiose kenning is ironic in effect when applied to the people by whom the skald was hnekkt ‘driven off’.



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 14: AI, 237, BI, 223-4, Skald I, 116, NN §2474; Fms 4, 188-9, Fms 12, 85, ÓH 1941, I, 202 (ch. 75), Flat 1860-8, II, 114; Hkr 1777-1826, II, 126, VI, 86-7, Hkr 1868, 309 (ÓHHkr ch. 92), Hkr 1893-1901, II, 173, ÍF 27, 139-40, Hkr 1991, I, 349 (ÓHHkr ch. 91); Ternström 1871, 18-21, 48, Jón Skaptason 1983, 95, 242.


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