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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Erlfl 3I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Flokkr about Erlingr Skjálgsson 3’ 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. 633.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonFlokkr about Erlingr Skjálgsson

text and translation

Ǫll vas Erlings fallin
— ungr fyr norðan Tungur
skeið vann skjǫldungr auða —
skipsókn við þrǫm Bóknar.
Einn stóð sonr á sínu
snarr Skjalgs vinum fjarri
í lyptingu lengi
lætrauðr skipi auðu.

Ǫll skipsókn Erlings vas fallin við þrǫm Bóknar; ungr skjǫldungr vann skeið auða fyr norðan Tungur. {Snarr, lætrauðr sonr Skjalgs} stóð lengi einn, fjarri vinum, í lyptingu á auðu skipi sínu.
‘All of Erlingr’s ship-crew had fallen by the coast of Bokn; the young ruler [Óláfr] cleared [lit. made empty] the warship to the north of Tunge. The bold, deceit-shunning son of Skjálgr [= Erlingr] stood long alone, far from friends, in the after-deck of his empty ship.

notes and context

In ÓH-Hkr and Fsk, Erlingr’s ship is surrounded and everyone on board killed except Erlingr, who stands tall in the after-deck of his ship. ÓHLeg describes similar events but also anticipates Erlingr’s capture. This stanza, Sigv Erl and st. 8 are then cited, with only minimal introductions in between, then further narrative follows.

[1-4]: The helmingr is stælt ‘intercalated, inlaid’, with the two middle lines forming an independent clause; cf. SnSt Ht 12III and Context, and cf. Note to st. 2/1-4 above. — [2-3]: The word order is unusual, with parts of the subject and object, as well as a prepositional phrase, preceding the finite verb, but parallels are to be found in intercalary clauses in Ill Har 2/2-3II and SnSt Ht 12/2-3, 6-7III.



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 3: AI, 244, BI, 229, Skald I, 119Hkr 1893-1901, II, 404-5, IV, 155, ÍF 27, 315, Hkr 1991, II, 483 (ÓHHkr ch. 176); ÓH 1941, I, 482 (ch. 172), Flat 1860-8, II, 309; ÓHLeg 1922, 65, ÓHLeg 1982, 154; Fsk 1902-3, 175 (ch. 28), ÍF 29, 194 (ch. 33); Jón Skaptason 1983, 115, 262.


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