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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Lv 9I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Lausavísur 9’ 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. 710.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonLausavísur

text and translation

Sendi mér inn mæri
— man þengill sá drengi —
(síð munk heldr at hróðri)
hnytr þjóðkonungr (snytrask).
Opt, en okkr bað skipta
Óttar í tvau dróttinn,
endask môl, sem myndim,
manndjarfr, fǫðurarfi.

Inn mæri þjóðkonungr sendi mér hnytr; sá þengill man drengi; munk snytrask at hróðri heldr síð. Môl endask opt, en manndjarfr dróttinn bað okkr Óttar skipta í tvau, sem myndim fǫðurarfi.
‘The famous great king sent nuts to me; that prince remembers his fellows; I shall probably grow wise at encomium rather late. Meals often come to an end, and the man-bold lord told Óttarr and me to divide [the nuts] in two as we would a father’s inheritance.

notes and context

After Sigvatr and his nephew, the skald Óttarr svarti, have served King Óláfr for a long time, they are not as valued as they had once been. One day the king sends them nuts from his table, and Sigvatr composes this stanza. Except in Tóm, the prose adds, either before or after the stanza, that the king tells them to divide the nuts between them as evenly as if they were dividing their paternal inheritance. After Sigvatr delivers the stanza, Óttarr speaks another (Ótt Lv 1). In all the texts but ÓHLeg, it is said that the king smiles at hearing the two stanzas.



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, 13. Lausavísur 10: AI, 268, BI, 248, Skald I, 128, NN §§2010, 2338C; ÓHLeg 1849, 47, 110, ÓHLeg 1922, 58, ÓHLeg 1982, 136-7; Fms 5, 176, Fms 12, 109, ÓH 1849, 47, 110, Flat 1860-8, III, 242-3, ÓH 1941, II, 689, 703, 705; Konráð Gíslason 1892, 39, 182, 231, Jón Skaptason 1983, 192, 318-19.


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