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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Austv 17I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Austrfararvísur 17’ 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. 606.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonAustrfararvísur

text and translation

Létk við yðr, es ítran,
Ôleifr, hugat môlum
rétt, es ríkan hittak
Rǫgnvald, konungr, haldit.
Deildak môl ins milda,
malma vǫrðr, í gǫrðum
harða mǫrg; né heyrðak
heiðmanns tǫlur greiðri.

Létk haldit hugat rétt môlum við yðr, Ôleifr konungr, es [hittak] ítran, es hittak ríkan Rǫgnvald. Deildak harða mǫrg môl í gǫrðum ins milda, {vǫrðr malma}; né heyrðak greiðri tǫlur heiðmanns.
‘I kept conscientiously, precisely, to the arrangements with you, King Óláfr, when [I met with] the excellent, when I met with the powerful Rǫgnvaldr. I dealt with very many arrangements in the courts of the generous one, guardian of metal weapons [WARRIOR = Óláfr]; I have not heard more loyal speeches of a tributary [Rǫgnvaldr].

notes and context

Sigvatr delivers Austv 1 then this and the following three stanzas to King Óláfr at his court after his return from the east. The four stanzas are written out with no intervening prose.



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 17: AI, 238-9, BI, 224, Skald I, 116-17, NN §§487, 629, 2774, 3031; Fms 4, 190, Fms 12, 85-6, ÓH 1941, I, 204 (ch. 75), Flat 1860-8, II, 115; Hkr 1777-1826, II, 127, VI, 87, Hkr 1868, 310 (ÓHHkr ch. 92), Hkr 1893-1901, II, 174-5, ÍF 27, 142, Hkr 1991, I, 350 (ÓHHkr ch. 91); Ternström 1871, 22-3, 50-1, Jón Skaptason 1983, 98, 243-4.


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