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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Lv 3I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Lausavísur 3’ 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. 702.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonLausavísur

text and translation

Ek tók lystr, né lastak
— leyfð íð es þat — síðan,
sóknar Njǫrðr, við sverði
— sás mínn vili — þínu.
Þollr, fekkt húskarl hollan
— hǫfum ráðit vel báðir —
látrs, en ek lánardróttin,
linns blóða, mér góðan.

Ek tók lystr við sverði þínu, {Njǫrðr sóknar}, né lastak síðan; sás vili mínn; þat es leyfð íð. {Þollr {látrs {blóða linns}}}, fekkt hollan húskarl, en ek mér góðan lánardróttin; hǫfum báðir ráðit vel.
‘I accepted, eager, your sword, Njǫrðr <god> of combat [WARRIOR], and I will not find fault with it afterwards; this is what I wish; it is a praiseworthy occupation. Fir-tree of the lair of the serpent’s brother [SERPENT > GOLD > MAN], you got a loyal retainer, and I [got] for myself a good liege lord; we have both decided well.

notes and context

After accepting reward for the previous stanza, Sigvatr becomes a member of the king’s retinue, and he delivers this.



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 3: AI, 266, BI, 246, Skald I, 127, NN §671, Fms 4, 90, Fms 12, 78, ÓH 1853, 36, 263, ÓH 1941, I, 82 (ch. 38), Flat 1860-8, II, 39; Hkr 1777-1826, II, 46 (ÓHHkr ch. 41), VI, 74, Hkr 1868, 248 (ÓHHkr ch. 41), Hkr 1893-1901, II, 63, IV, 118, ÍF 27, 55, Hkr 1991, I, 287 (ÓHHkr ch. 43); Konráð Gíslason 1892, 35, 171, Jón Skaptason 1983, 185, 313.


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