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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Berv 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Bersǫglisvísur 2’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 14-15.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonBersǫglisvísur

text and translation

Vask með gram, þeims gumnum
goll bauð dróttinhollum
— nafn fekk hann — en hrǫfnum
hræ, þess konungs ævi.
Fullkerska sák falla
(fráneygjum sonr grônum
gaf margan val vargi)
verðung (konungs sverðum).

Vask með gram, þeims bauð dróttinhollum gumnum goll en hrǫfnum hræ, ævi þess konungs; hann fekk nafn. Sák fullkerska verðung falla; sonr konungs gaf grônum fráneygjum vargi margan val sverðum.
‘I was with the lord, who gave gold to his loyal men and carrion to the ravens, throughout the lifetime of that king; he gained fame. I saw the most valiant troop fall; the son of the king gave many a slain warrior to the grey, keen-eyed wolf by means of swords.

notes and context

The king referred to in the st. is Óláfr Haraldsson (S. Óláfr), Magnús’s father. Sigvatr had been his court poet, marshal and emissary.



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, 11. Bersǫglisvísur 1: AI, 251, BI, 234-5, Skald I, 121-2, NN §§1113A, 2259, 2338B, 2463E; Fms 6, 38-9 (Mgóð ch. 22); Flat 1860-8, III, 267, Mork 1928-32, 26, Andersson and Gade 2000, 104, 466 (MH); Jón Skaptason 1983, 138, 286-7.


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