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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Vestv 5I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Vestrfararvísur 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. 622.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonVestrfararvísur

text and translation

Knútr hefr okkr inn ítri
alldáðgǫfugr bôðum
hendr, es hilmi fundum,
Húnn, skrautliga búnar.
Þér gaf hann mǫrk eða meira
margvitr ok hjǫr bitran
golls — ræðr gǫrva ǫllu
goð sjalfr — en mér halfa.

Inn ítri Knútr, alldáðgǫfugr, hefr búnar hendr okkr bôðum skrautliga, Húnn, es fundum hilmi. Þér gaf hann margvitr mǫrk eða meira golls ok bitran hjǫr, en mér halfa; goð sjalfr ræðr ǫllu gǫrva.
‘The excellent Knútr, highly renowned for deeds, has adorned both our arms splendidly, Húnn (‘Bear-Cub’) [Bersi], when we met the ruler. To you he, wise in many ways, gave a mark or more of gold and a sharp sword, and to me half [a mark]; God himself decides everything completely.

notes and context

In ÓH-Hkr, Sigvatr is in England with King Knútr when he makes a claim on Norway. The king gives Sigvatr a gold ring and Bersi Skáld-Torfuson two gold rings and a sword. In Knýtl, the citation of Þloft Tøgdr 7 is followed by a reference to Knútr’s gift to Bersi and this stanza, but there is no mention of a gift to Sigvatr.



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, 5. Vestrfararvísur 5: AI, 242, BI, 227, Skald I, 118Hkr 1893-1901, II, 286, IV, 140, ÍF 27, 224, Hkr 1991, I, 413 (ÓHHkr ch. 131); ÓH 1941, I, 342 (ch. 120), Flat 1860-8, II, 253ÍF 35, 126-7 (Knýtl ch. 19); Jón Skaptason 1983, 108, 251.


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