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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SteigÞ Kv 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steigar-Þórir Þórðarson, Kviðlingr 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, pp. 391-2.

Steigar-Þórir ÞórðarsonKviðlingr1

text and translation

Vǫrum félagar fjórir
forðum, einn við stýri.

Forðum vǫrum fjórir félagar, einn við stýri.
‘Formerly we were four companions, one at the helm.

notes and context

This ditty is spoken by Steigar-Þórir right before he is hanged by Magnús for treason.

For the event described in this couplet, see also Bkrepp Magndr 2-3, Þham Magndr 1 and Lv 1, Gísl Magnkv 1-8 and Anon (Mberf) 2-3.



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: Steigar-Þórir, En kvædling: AI, 434, BI, 403, Skald I, 198; ÍF 28, 216 (Mberf ch. 6), F 1871, 264, E 1916, 112; ÍF 29, 44 (ch. 47), Ágr 1995, 66-7 (ch. 48); ÍF 29, 305 (ch. 80); Mork 1867, 135, Mork 1928-32, 304, Andersson and Gade 2000, 290, 484 (Mberf); Fms 7, 12 (Mberf ch. 7).


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