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Sigv ErfÓl 15I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Erfidrápa Óláfs helga 15’ 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. 682.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonErfidrápa Óláfs helga
141516

text and translation

Undr láta þat ýtar
eigi smátt, es máttit
skæ-Njǫrðungum skorðu
skýlauss rǫðull hlýja.
Drjúg varð á því dœgri
— dagr náðit lit fǫgrum —
— orrostu frák austan
atburð — konungs furða.

Ýtar láta þat eigi smátt undr, es skýlauss rǫðull máttit hlýja {{skorðu skæ-}Njǫrðungum}. Drjúg varð furða konungs á því dœgri; dagr náðit fǫgrum lit; frák atburð orrostu austan.
 
‘People declare that no small wonder, that the cloudless sun was not able to warm the Njǫrðungar <gods> of the steed of the prop [(lit. ‘steed-Njǫrðungar of the prop’) SHIP > MEN]. Great was the portent concerning the king during that daytime; the day did not achieve its beautiful colour; I heard of the event at the battle from the east.

notes and context

In ÓH-Hkr, the narrative mentions the solar eclipse (see Note to [All]). In the W text of SnE, ll. 1-4 are adduced as an example of the fact that men can be called Njǫrðungar (see Note to l. 3 below).

There was a solar eclipse on 31 August 1030; for discussion of the dating of the battle, and whether it coincided with the eclipse see ÍF 27, xcii-xcviii.

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