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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Víkv 12I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Víkingarvísur 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. 551.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonVíkingarvísur

text and translation

Tǫnn rauð tolfta sinni
tírfylgjandi ylgjar
(varð) í Fetlafirði
(fjǫrbann lagit mǫnnum).

{Tírfylgjandi} rauð tǫnn ylgjar tolfta sinni í Fetlafirði; {fjǫrbann} varð lagit mǫnnum.
‘The glory-follower [WARRIOR] reddened the tooth of the she-wolf for the twelfth time in Fetlafjǫrðr; a life-ban [DEATH] was imposed on men.

notes and context

Óláfr’s next battle was west in Fetlafjǫrðr. The stanza follows on from st. 9, with only a brief prose link.



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, 1. Víkingarvísur 12: AI, 227, BI, 216, Skald I, 112, NN §615; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 24, IV, 113, ÍF 27, 24, Hkr 1991, I, 266 (ÓHHkr ch. 17); ÓH 1941, I, 48 (ch. 24), Flat 1860-8, II, 21; Fell 1981b, 120, Jón Skaptason 1983, 64, 225.


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