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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
1415

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.

Mss: FskBˣ(43v), 51ˣ(39v), 302ˣ(66r-v), FskAˣ(165) (l. 1), 301ˣ(60v) (l. 1) (Fsk)

Readings: [2] hríð: ‘rið’ all

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

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

Notes: [All]: 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). — [2] hríð ‘battle’: ‘Rið’ in the mss; following Norw. practice, spellings of <hr> as <r> are common in the Fsk mss. — [3, 4] peitneskum hjalmi ‘a Poitou-made helmet’: This reference to an evidently prestigious location of manufacture follows up on the more generic inn valska hjalm ‘the Frankish helmet’ of st. 5/6. For further references to weaponry from Poitou, see Eþver Lv 1/8, Arn Hryn 9/8II and Notes.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. CPB = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and F. York Powell, eds. 1883. Corpus poeticum boreale: The Poetry of the Old Northern Tongue from the Earliest Times to the Thirteenth Century. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon. Rpt. 1965, New York: Russell & Russell.
  4. Fsk 1902-3 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1902-3. Fagrskinna: Nóregs kononga tal. SUGNL 30. Copenhagen: Møller.
  5. ÍF 29 = Ágrip af Nóregskonunga sǫgum; Fagrskinna—Nóregs konungatal. Ed. Bjarni Einarsson. 1985.
  6. Poole, Russell. 2005d. ‘The Nesjavísur of Sigvatr Þórðarson’. MS 15, 171-98.
  7. Internal references
  8. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘Fagrskinna (Fsk)’ 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, pp. clix-clxi.
  9. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Hrynhenda, Magnússdrápa 9’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 193-4.
  10. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Einarr þveræingr Eyjólfsson, Lausavísa 1’ 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. 804.
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