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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Knútdr 11I

Matthew Townend (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Knútsdrápa 11’ 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. 663.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonKnútsdrápa

text and translation

Svá mun fár feril
fetum suðr metinn
hringdrífr hafa.
Hǫfuðfremstr jǫfurr.

{Fár hringdrífr} mun hafa svá metinn feril suðr fetum. Hǫfuðfremstr jǫfurr ...
‘Few ring-distributors [GENEROUS RULERS] will have thus measured the route south with their steps. The most eminent prince ...

notes and context

The stanza is quoted (in Fsk immediately after st. 10) as part of an account of Knútr’s pilgrimage to Rome.

[8]: The line completes the klofastef ‘split refrain’; see Note to st. 3/1.



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, 10. Knútsdrápa 11: AI, 251, BI, 234, Skald I, 121; Knýtl 1919-25, 51, ÍF 35, 123 (ch. 17); Fsk 1902-3, 189 (ch. 33), ÍF 29, 205 (ch. 40).


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