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Sigv Erlfl 10I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Flokkr about Erlingr Skjálgsson 10’ 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. 642.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonFlokkr about Erlingr Skjálgsson
910

text and translation

Erlingi varð engi
annarr lendra manna,
ǫrr sás átti fleiri
orrostur stoð þorrinn.
Þrek bar seggr við sóknir
sinn, þvít fyrst gekk innan,
mildr, í marga hildi,
mest, en ór á lesti.

Varð engi lendra manna annarr Erlingi, sás ǫrr, þorrinn stoð, átti fleiri orrostur. Mildr seggr bar mest þrek sinn við sóknir, þvít gekk fyrst innan í marga hildi, en ór á lesti.
 
‘There was no-one among district chieftains other than Erlingr, who, bold, deprived of support, held more battles. The generous man deployed his stamina to the utmost in onslaughts, because he went first into many a fight, and out as the last.

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Erlingr’s qualities are listed and he is compared with Óláfr Tryggvason.

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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.

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Skj: Sigvatr Þórðarson, 7. Flokkr om Erlingr Skjalgsson 10: AI, 247, BI, 231, Skald I, 120; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 30, IV, 114-15, ÍF 27, 29, Hkr 1991, I, 269 (ÓHHkr ch. 22); ÓH 1941, I, 61 (ch. 30), Flat 1860-8, I, 537; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 302-3 (ch. 261); Jón Skaptason 1983, 122, 268.

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