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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Lv 21I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Lausavísur 21’ 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. 726.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonLausavísur

text and translation

Hrafna sék til hafnar
— hræs minnask þeir — sinna,
þars flaut und nið nýtum
Norðmanna skip forðum.
Gjalla hôtt fyr Hillar
hvern dag frekir ernir,
endr þeirs Ôleifr grenndi,
innan, mǫrgu sinni.

Sék hrafna sinna til hafnar, þars skip flaut forðum und {nýtum nið Norðmanna}; þeir minnask hræs. Frekir ernir gjalla hôtt hvern dag fyr innan Hillar, þeirs Ôleifr grenndi endr mǫrgu sinni.
‘I see ravens travelling to the harbour, where a ship rode once under the able son of Norwegians [= Óláfr]; they remember the carrion. Greedy eagles shriek loudly every day in the lee of Hille, those which Óláfr fed formerly many a time.

notes and context

As he returns to his home in the Þrándheimr (Trøndelag) district, Sigvatr anchors in Hillarsund, where he sees many ravens flying. He speaks this stanza.



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 23: AI, 272, BI, 251-2, Skald I, 130; Hkr 1777-1826, III, 11, VI, 125, Hkr 1868, 521 (MGóð ch. 9), Hkr 1893-1901, III, 17, IV, 183, ÍF 28, 15-16, Hkr 1991, II, 565 (MGóð ch. 8), F 1871, 172, E 1916, 12; Jón Skaptason 1983, 205, 326.


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