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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Austv 4I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Austrfararvísur 4’ 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. 589.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonAustrfararvísur

text and translation

Réðk til Hofs at hœfa;
hurð vas aptr, en spurðumk
— inn settak nef nenninn
niðrlútt — fyrir útan.
Orð gatk fæst af fyrðum,
(flǫgð baðk) en þau sǫgðu
— hnekkðumk heiðnir rekkar —
heilagt (við þau deila).

Réðk at hœfa til Hofs; hurð vas aptr, en spurðumk fyrir útan; nenninn settak niðrlútt nef inn. Gatk fæst orð af fyrðum, en þau sǫgðu heilagt; heiðnir rekkar hnekkðumk; baðk flǫgð deila við þau.
‘I resolved to aim for Hof; the door was barred, but I made enquiries from outside; resolute, I stuck my down-bent nose in. I got very little response from the people, but they said [it was] holy; the heathen men drove me off; I bade the ogresses bandy words with them.

notes and context

The travellers make their way through Gautland (Västergötland) and in the evening reach a farm named Hof, where they are refused entry because it is deemed a holy place. They depart, and Sigvatr speaks this 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 4: AI, 234, BI, 221, Skald I, 115, NN §2472; Fms 4, 186, Fms 12, 83-4, ÓH 1853, 80, 272, ÓH 1941, I, 200 (ch. 75), Flat 1860-8, II, 113; Hkr 1777-1826, II, 124, VI, 84-5, Hkr 1868, 308 (ÓHHkr ch. 92), Hkr 1893-1901, II, 170-1, ÍF 27, 136-7, Hkr 1991, I, 347 (ÓHHkr ch. 91); Ternström 1871, 14-15, 44-5, Konráð Gíslason 1892, 37, 177, Jón Skaptason 1983, 85, 239.


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