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Sigv Berv 8II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Bersǫglisvísur 8’ 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, p. 19.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonBersǫglisvísur
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Fǫður ‘father’

faðir (noun m.): father

kennings

fǫður Magnúss
‘Magnús’s father ’
   = Óláfr Haraldsson

Magnús’s father → Óláfr Haraldsson
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Magnúss ‘Magnús’s’

2. Magnús (noun m.): Magnús

kennings

fǫður Magnúss
‘Magnús’s father ’
   = Óláfr Haraldsson

Magnús’s father → Óláfr Haraldsson
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létk ‘I let’

láta (verb): let, have sth done

[1] létk (‘let ek’): læt ek Flat

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folgin ‘the hidden’

2. fela (verb): hide

[2] folgin: ‘f[…]’ 325XI 3

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jǫfurs ‘of the prince’s’

jǫfurr (noun m.): ruler, prince

[2] jǫfurs: ‘iaufr son’ Hr

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dolga ‘enemies’

dolgr (noun m.; °dat. -; -ar): enemy, battle

[2] dolga: bolga Flat

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heyrðu ‘heard’

2. heyra (verb): hear

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ór ‘’

várr (pron.; °f. ór/vár; pl. órir/várir): our

[4] ór á: ‘ora’ Hr, Flat

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á ‘’

3. á (prep.): on, at

[4] ór á: ‘ora’ Hr, Flat

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hvé ‘how’

hvé (adv.): how

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Mál ‘message’

1. mál (noun n.; °-s; -): speech, matter

[5] Mál: ‘m[…]’ 325XI 3

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bark ‘I carried’

3. bera (verb; °berr; bar, báru; borinn): bear, carry

[5] bark (‘bar ek’): ‘[…]’ 325XI 3

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ek ‘I’

ek (pron.; °mín, dat. mér, acc. mik): I, me

notes

[7, 8] ek vissa þó ótta ‘I nonetheless knew there was danger’: Kock (NN §1114) takes this cl. to mean ‘yet I showed respect’ and connects it with lánardróttni ossum ‘for our liege-lord’ (ll. 7, 8). The verb vita is not attested in that meaning (see Fritzner: vita), however, and it is more likely that Sigvatr refers to the occasion when he put himself in danger of falling out of the king’s favour by waking him and informing him of impending treason (see ÍF 27, 121-3).

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vissa ‘knew’

1. vita (verb): know

notes

[7, 8] ek vissa þó ótta ‘I nonetheless knew there was danger’: Kock (NN §1114) takes this cl. to mean ‘yet I showed respect’ and connects it with lánardróttni ossum ‘for our liege-lord’ (ll. 7, 8). The verb vita is not attested in that meaning (see Fritzner: vita), however, and it is more likely that Sigvatr refers to the occasion when he put himself in danger of falling out of the king’s favour by waking him and informing him of impending treason (see ÍF 27, 121-3).

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þó ‘nonetheless’

þó (adv.): though

[7] þó ossum: þá ossa 325XI 3, Flat

notes

[7, 8] ek vissa þó ótta ‘I nonetheless knew there was danger’: Kock (NN §1114) takes this cl. to mean ‘yet I showed respect’ and connects it with lánardróttni ossum ‘for our liege-lord’ (ll. 7, 8). The verb vita is not attested in that meaning (see Fritzner: vita), however, and it is more likely that Sigvatr refers to the occasion when he put himself in danger of falling out of the king’s favour by waking him and informing him of impending treason (see ÍF 27, 121-3).

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ossum ‘our’

várr (pron.; °f. ór/vár; pl. órir/várir): our

[7] þó ossum: þá ossa 325XI 3, Flat

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ótta ‘danger’

ótti (noun m.; °-a): fear

[8] ótta: ótt á Hr

notes

[7, 8] ek vissa þó ótta ‘I nonetheless knew there was danger’: Kock (NN §1114) takes this cl. to mean ‘yet I showed respect’ and connects it with lánardróttni ossum ‘for our liege-lord’ (ll. 7, 8). The verb vita is not attested in that meaning (see Fritzner: vita), however, and it is more likely that Sigvatr refers to the occasion when he put himself in danger of falling out of the king’s favour by waking him and informing him of impending treason (see ÍF 27, 121-3).

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In his capacity as Óláfr’s court poet and retainer, Sigvatr served as his envoy to foreign rulers, and he also warned him of domestic treason (ÍF 27, 121-3). — [7, 8] lánardróttni ossum ‘our liege-lord’: Skj B takes this with the first cl. of the helmingr. Ossum ‘our’ could also be taken in the sense ‘my’ here. For the infamy connected with high treason, see Note to Þflekk Lv [12].

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