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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sjórs Lv 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sigurðr jórsalafari Magnússon, Lausavísur 3’ 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, pp. 468-9.

Sigurðr jórsalafari MagnússonLausavísur

text and translation

Skjótt bark skjǫld inn hvíta
— skald biðr, at goð valdi —
ár til eggja skúrar
ótrauðr, en frá rauðan.
Þat hefk hǫgg of hǫggvit
handvíst á Blálandi,
— goð ræðr sókn ok sigri —
svanni, þínum manni.

Ár bark ótrauðr inn hvíta skjǫld skjótt til {skúrar eggja}, en frá rauðan; skald biðr, at goð valdi. Þat handvíst hǫgg hefk of hǫggvit manni þínum á Blálandi, svanni; goð ræðr sókn ok sigri.
‘Earlier I, not unwilling, carried the white shield speedily to the shower of sword-blades [BATTLE], and [when I carried it] back [it was] red; the poet asks that God prevail. That sure blow I have struck for your husband in Africa, woman; God rules war and victory.

notes and context

King Sigurðr recites this st. about his exploits abroad to Ingibjǫrg Guthormsdóttir, the wife of his brother, King Eysteinn Magnússon.

For Sigurðr’s journey to Palestine and Byzantium, see ESk Sigdr I, Hskv Útkv, Hskv Útdr and Þstf Stuttdr.



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 3: AI, 454-5, BI, 422-3, Skald I, 209; Mork 1867, 189, Mork 1928-32, 387, Andersson and Gade 2000, 349, 490 (Msona); Fms 7, 155 (Msona ch. 40); F 1871, 300, E 1916, 151 (Msona).


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