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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sjórs Lv 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sigurðr jórsalafari Magnússon, Lausavísur 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 467.

Sigurðr jórsalafari MagnússonLausavísur


The couplet (Sjórs Lv 1) is preserved only in Ágr (Ágr).

text and translation

Búendr þykkja mér baztir;
byggt land ok friðr standi.

Búendr þykkja mér baztir; standi byggt land ok friðr.
‘The farmers seem to me the best; may the populated land and the peace endure.

notes and context

Sigurðr expresses his affection for his subjects with this couplet.

In Skj B, Finnur Jónsson appears to include byggt land ‘the populated land’ (l. 2) in the first cl. and in apposition to búendr ‘the farmers (l. 1). He translates the couplet as follows: Bønderne tykkes mig de bedste, det befolkede land og at freden består ‘The farmers seem to me the best, the populated land and that the peace endures’. In the present edn, standi ‘may endure’ (l. 2) is taken as 3rd pers. pl. pret. subj. with the subjects byggt land ‘the populated land’ and friðr ‘the peace’ (both l. 2).


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: Sigurðr jórsalafari, Lausavísur 1: AI, 454, BI, 422, Skald I, 209; ÍF 29, 50 (ch. 55), Ágr 1995, 74-5 (ch. 56).


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