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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Erlfl 2I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Flokkr about Erlingr Skjálgsson 2’ 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. 632.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonFlokkr about Erlingr Skjálgsson

text and translation

Rakkr þengill hjó rekka;
reiðr gekk hann of skeiðar;
valr lá þrǫngt á þiljum;
þung vas sókn fyr Tungum.
Bragningr rauð fyr breiðan
borðvǫll Jaðar norðan;
blóð kom varmt í víðan
— vá frægr konungr — ægi.

Rakkr þengill hjó rekka; hann gekk reiðr of skeiðar; valr lá þrǫngt á þiljum; sókn fyr Tungum vas þung. Bragningr rauð {borðvǫll} fyr norðan breiðan Jaðar; varmt blóð kom í víðan ægi; frægr konungr vá.
‘The bold lord [Óláfr] cut down warriors; he walked enraged across the warships; the slain lay tightly packed on the boards; the attack off Tunge was heavy. The ruler [Óláfr] reddened the plank-field [SEA] north of broad Jæren; warm blood fell into the wide ocean; the renowned king [Óláfr] fought.

notes and context

Erlingr’s troops fall as the king fights fiercely.

[1-4]: The helmingr is in the verse-form called áttmælt ‘eight-times spoken’, in which each line is an independent clause; see SnSt Ht 10III and Context. Cf. Note to st. 3/1-4 below. — [2]: Cf. Ólhelg Lv 7/6 Ek gekk reiðr of skeiðar ‘I walked enraged across the warships’, describing the same incident in the 1st pers.



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, 7. Flokkr om Erlingr Skjalgsson 2: AI, 244, BI, 229, Skald I, 119, NN §639Hkr 1893-1901, II, 404, IV, 155, ÍF 27, 314-15, Hkr 1991, II, 482-3 (ÓHHkr ch. 176); ÓH 1941, I, 482 (ch. 172), Flat 1860-8, II, 309; Jón Skaptason 1983, 114, 261-2.


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