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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Nesv 15I

Russell Poole (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Nesjavísur 15’ 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. 578.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonNesjavísur

text and translation

Hirð Ôleifs vann harða
hríð, en svá varðk bíða
(peitneskum feltk) páska,
palmsunnudag (hjalmi).

Hirð Ôleifs vann harða hríð palmsunnudag, en svá varðk bíða páska; feltk peitneskum hjalmi.
‘Óláfr’s following won a hard battle on Palm Sunday, and thus I had to await Easter; I put on a Poitou-made helmet.

notes and context

In Fsk, where it is uniquely attested, st. 15 follows almost immediately after st. 13 (see Context).

Sigvatr draws attention to the fact that the fighting took place on Palm Sunday, the start of the week of preparation immediately preceding Easter (Holy Week).



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 14: AI, 232, BI, 220, Skald I, 114; Fsk 1902-3, 154 (ch. 27), ÍF 29, 177 (ch. 29); CPB II, 127, Poole 2005d, 178.


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