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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Víkv 2I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Víkingarvísur 2’ 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. 536.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonVíkingarvísur

text and translation

Þar vas enn, es ǫnnur
Ôleifr — né svik fôlusk —
odda þing í eyddri
Eysýslu gekk heyja.
Sitt ôttu fjǫr fótum
— fár beið ór stað sára —
enn, þeirs undan runnu,
allvaldr, búendr gjalda.

Þar vas enn, es Ôleifr gekk heyja {ǫnnur þing odda} í eyddri Eysýslu; svik né fôlusk. Allvaldr, búendr, þeirs runnu undan, ôttu enn gjalda fótum fjǫr sitt; fár beið sára ór stað.
‘There it came about also that Óláfr proceeded to hold other assemblies of weapon-points [BATTLES] in destroyed Saaremaa; treachery was not hidden. Mighty ruler, the farmers who ran away had again their feet to thank [lit. to repay] for their lives; few stood waiting for wounds.

notes and context

The inhabitants of Eysýsla (Saaremaa) offer Óláfr a payment. When they come, ostensibly with the payment, he meets them with an armed force. It turns out that they too had arrived with weapons, and there is a battle.

Ótt Hfl 7 mentions the fleeing of the people of Eysýsla, after stating that Óláfr got tribute from the people of Gotland. — [5-8]: ÓHLeg (1982, 42) echoes the metaphor of the farmers praising or thanking their feet for their lives, raising the possibility that it had access to more of the poem than it cites (see Introduction, above).



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 2: AI, 223, BI, 213, Skald I, 111, NN §§1856, 2467, 2480A; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 11-12, IV, 107, ÍF 27, 10, Hkr 1991, I, 257 (ÓHHkr ch. 8); ÓH 1941, I, 39 (ch. 22), Flat 1860-8, II, 17; Fell 1981b, 110-11, Jón Skaptason 1983, 54, 220.


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