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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyv Hál 4I/5 — Sigars ‘of Sigarr’

En Goðlaugr
grimman tamði
við ofrkapp
Sigars jó,
es synir Yngva
við meið riðu.

En Goðlaugr tamði grimman jó Sigars við ofrkapp austrkonunga, es synir Yngva riðu menglǫtuð við meið.

But Guðlaugr tamed the savage horse of Sigarr <legendary king> [GALLOWS], because of the belligerence of the eastern kings, when the sons of Yngvi fastened the ring-destroyer [GENEROUS MAN] to the tree.


[5] Sigars: sigrs F


[5] jó Sigars ‘the horse of Sigarr <legendary king> [GALLOWS]’: The kenning alludes to the hanging of Hagbarðr by Sigarr, whose daughter Hagbarðr is courting. The story is known best from Saxo Grammaticus (Saxo 2005, I, 7, 7, 1-17, pp. 464-77) but for its currency in skaldic poetry see KormǪ Lv 4V (Korm 4). The kenning has counterparts in Þjóð Yt 9/11-12 and Sigv ErfÓl 1/8. For the image of ‘riding the gallows’, see Þjóð Yt 9/10, 11-12.




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