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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Víkv 13I

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

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonVíkingarvísur

text and translation

Þrettanda vann Þrœnda
— þat vas flótta bǫl — dróttinn
snjallr í Seljupollum
sunnarla styr kunnan.
Upp lét gramr í gamla
Gunnvaldsborg of morgin
— Geirfiðr hét sá — gǫrva
gengit, jarl of fenginn.

{Snjallr dróttinn Þrœnda} vann þrettanda kunnan styr sunnarla í Seljupollum; þat vas bǫl flótta. Gramr lét gǫrva gengit upp í gamla Gunnvaldsborg of morgin, jarl of fenginn; Geirfiðr hét sá.
‘The brave lord of the Þrœndir [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] won the thirteenth renowned battle south in Seljupollar; that was bad luck to those who fled. The prince had the whole troop go up to old Gunnvaldsborg in the morning, [and had] the jarl captured; he was called Geirfiðr.

notes and context

Óláfr heads south to Seljupollar where he captures the castle of Gunnvaldsborg and its ruler Geirfiðr. The inhabitants of the castle ransom their leader for twelve thousand gold shillings.



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 13: AI, 227, BI, 216, Skald I, 112, NN §2983; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 25, IV, 113, ÍF 27, 24-5, Hkr 1991, I, 266 (ÓHHkr ch. 17); ÓH 1941, I, 49 (ch. 24), Flat 1860-8, II, 22; Fell 1981b, 120-1, Jón Skaptason 1983, 65, 226.


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