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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Nesv 12I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Nesjavísur 12’ 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. 573.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonNesjavísur

text and translation

Frýrat oss í ári
innþrœnzk, þótt lið minna,
— gǫrt hugðak svá — snertu
snotr mær, konungs væri.
Brúðr mun heldr at háði
hafa drótt, þás framm sótti,
— fold ruðum skers — ef skyldi,
skeggi, aðratveggju.

Snotr innþrœnzk mær frýrat oss snertu í ári, þótt lið konungs væri minna; hugðak svá gǫrt. Brúðr mun heldr hafa at háði drótt, þás sótti framm skeggi, ef aðratveggju skyldi; ruðum {fold skers}.
‘The wise inner-Trøndelag maiden does not reproach us for our effort in a hurry, although the king’s force was less; I thought so decidedly. The woman will rather hold in derision the company that lunged forward with their beards, if she should [deride] one or the other; we reddened the land of the skerry [SEA].

notes and context

In ÓH-Hkr the stanza follows st. 11 and in Fsk it follows st. 10.



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, 2. Nesjavísur 11: AI, 231-2, BI, 219, Skald I, 114, NN §§1149, 3222; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 76, IV, 125, ÍF 27, 69 (ÓHHkr ch. 52); Fms 4, 104, Fms 12, 81, ÓH 1941, I, 98 (ch. 41), Flat 1860-8, II, 46; Fsk 1902-3, 153 (ch. 27), ÍF 29, 176-7 (ch. 29); CPB II, 128, Poole 2005d, 177.


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