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Sigv Berv 6II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Bersǫglisvísur 6’ 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. 17-18.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonBersǫglisvísur
567

text and translation

Rétt hykk kjósa knôttu
karlfolk ok svá jarla,
af þvít eignum lofða
Ôláfar frið gôfu.
Haralds arfi lét haldask
hvardyggr ok sonr Tryggva
lǫg, þaus lýðar þôgu,
laukjǫfn, af þeim nǫfnum.

Hykk karlfolk ok svá jarla knôttu kjósa rétt, af þvít Ôláfar gôfu eignum lofða frið. {Hvardyggr arfi Haralds} ok {sonr Tryggva} lét haldask laukjǫfn lǫg, þaus lýðar þôgu af þeim nǫfnum.
 
‘I think that both farmers and jarls knew how to choose rightly, because [the two] Óláfrs brought protection to people’s properties. The very reliable heir of Haraldr [= Óláfr Haraldsson] and the son of Tryggvi [= Óláfr Tryggvason] let the just laws be upheld, which men received from those namesakes.

notes and context

[1-4]: The implied sense of this helmingr is that the people who elected the two Óláfrs king knew what they were doing, whereas it could now appear doubtful whether it had been a wise move to bring Magnús back from Russia.

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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 5: AI, 252, BI, 235-6, Skald I, 122, NN §1864; ÍF 28, 27-8 (Mgóð ch. 16), E 1916, 17; ÓH 1941, I, 625 (ch. 621); Fms 6, 40 (Mgóð ch. 22); Flat 1860-8, III, 268, Mork 1928-32, 27, Andersson and Gade 2000, 105, 467 (MH); Jón Skaptason 1983, 142, 289.

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