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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Nesv 13I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Nesjavísur 13’ 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. 575.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonNesjavísur

text and translation

Né hœfilig, hreifa,
hykk dróttinssvik þóttu,
elds, þeims allvel heldu
orð sín, viðir, forðum.

Né hykk, {viðir {elds hreifa}}, dróttinssvik þóttu hœfilig, þeims heldu orð sín allvel forðum.
‘I do not think, trees of the fire of the hand [GOLD > MEN], betrayal of one’s lord seemed becoming to those who kept their word very well in the past.

notes and context

In Fsk, where it is uniquely attested, st. 13 follows immediately after st. 12 and is itself followed by the observation that it describes how the people of Trøndelag failed to abide by the oaths they had sworn to Óláfr.



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 13: AI, 232, BI, 220, Skald I, 114; Fsk 1902-3, 153 (ch. 27), ÍF 29, 177 (ch. 29); Poole 2005d, 177.


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