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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Víkv 5I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Víkingarvísur 5’ 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. 540.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonVíkingarvísur

text and translation

Víg vannt, hlenna hneigir,
hjǫlmum grimmt it fimmta
— þolðu hlýr fyr hári
hríð Kinnlimasíðu —,
þás við rausn at ræsis
reið herr ofan skeiðum,
enn í gegn at gunni
gekk hilmis lið rekkum.

{Hneigir hlenna}, vannt it fimmta víg, grimmt hjǫlmum — hlýr þolðu hríð fyr hári Kinnlimasíðu —, þás herr reið ofan við rausn at skeiðum ræsis, enn lið hilmis gekk í gegn rekkum at gunni.
‘Oppressor of thieves [JUST RULER = Óláfr], you won the fifth battle, dangerous to helmets — the bows suffered a storm off high Kinnlimasíða —, when the army rode down magnificently to the ruler’s warships and the leader’s troop advanced against warriors in battle.

notes and context

Having sailed to Frísland (Frisia) and waited out a storm, Óláfr goes ashore with his troop and the inhabitants ride down to meet them in battle.



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 5: AI, 224, BI, 214, Skald I, 111; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 14-15, IV, 108, ÍF 27, 13, Hkr 1991, I, 259 (ÓHHkr ch. 11); ÓH 1941, I, 41 (ch. 22), Flat 1860-8, II, 18; Fell 1981b, 113-14, Jón Skaptason 1983, 57, 222.


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