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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sigv Lv 30I

Judith Jesch (ed.) 2012, ‘Sigvatr Þórðarson, Lausavísur 30’ 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. 736.

Sigvatr ÞórðarsonLausavísur

text and translation

Ástríði lát œðri,
Alfhildr, an þik sjalfa,
þér þótt þinn hagr stórum
— þat vildi goð — batni.

Alfhildr, lát Ástríði œðri an þik sjalfa, þótt hagr þinn batni þér stórum; goð vildi þat.
‘Álfhildr, set Ástríðr higher than yourself, though your position is improving for you greatly; God willed it.

notes and context

As for Lv 29. In Norway, after Queen Ástríðr and Álfhildr, the queen mother, have an exchange of words, Sigvatr speaks this helmingr.



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 32: AI, 275, BI, 254, Skald I, 131; Hkr 1777-1826, III, 14, VI, 127, Hkr 1868, 522 (MGóð ch. 10), Hkr 1893-1901, III, 21, IV, 186, ÍF 28, 20, Hkr 1991, 568 (MGóð ch. 9), F 1871, 174, E 1916, 13; Konráð Gíslason 1892, 42, 192-3, Jón Skaptason 1983, 214, 330.


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