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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 49II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 49’ 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. 792.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

En Sigurðr
sýnu lifði
þeira lengst
þriggja brœðra,
hinn, es út
til Jórsala
frægsta fǫr
fór ór landi.

En Sigurðr lifði sýnu lengst þeira þriggja brœðra, hinn, es fór frægsta fǫr ór landi út til Jórsala.
‘But Sigurðr lived clearly the longest of those three brothers, that one who went on the most renowned journey abroad out to Jerusalem.

notes and context

Sigurðr left Norway in 1108 and returned in 1111. For accounts of his journey to Palestine and Byzantium, see Theodoricus (MHN 65-6), Ágr (ÍF 29, 47-9), Mork 1928-32, 338-52, Fsk (ÍF 29, 315-20), MsonaHkr (ÍF 28, 239-54). The journey is also mentioned in foreign sources (see McDougall and McDougall 1998, 113 nn. 318-19, and the literature cited there). See also Hskv Útkv, Hskv Útdr, Þstf Stuttdr, ESk Sigdr I, Sjórs Lv 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: [Anonyme digte og vers XII], [2]. Nóregs konunga-tal 54: AI, 586, BI, 584, Skald I, 284, NN §3245; Flat 1860-8, II, 525.


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