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Ívarr Ingimundarson (Ív)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Sigurðarbálkr (Sig) - 45

Skj info: Ívarr Ingimundarson, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 495-502, BI, 467-75).

Skj poems:
Sigurðarbǫlkr

Details from Ívarr’s life are known from his þáttr in Mork (1928-32, 354-6) and in H-Hr (Fms 7, 103-6). He was an Icelander of good family and could have been the son of Ingimundr inn gamli ‘the Old’ Þorsteinsson of Vatnsdalur, who had a son called Ívarr (see LH 1894-1901, II, 59-60). According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254-5, 262-3, 276), Ívarr composed about King Magnús berfœttr ‘Barelegs’ Óláfsson (d. 1103) and Magnús’s sons Eysteinn (d. 1122) and Sigurðr jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’ (d. 1130), as well as about Sigurðr slembidjákn ‘Fortuitous-deacon’ (?) (d. 1139). Only his poem about the latter survives. See also SnE 1848-87, III, 619-22.

Sigurðarbálkr (‘Bálkr about Sigurðr’) — Ív SigII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr’ 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. 501-27.

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Skj: Ívarr Ingimundarson: Sigurðarbǫlkr, o. 1140 (AI, 495-502, BI, 467-75); stanzas (if different): 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43 | 44 | 45 | 46

SkP info: II, 519

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30 — Ív Sig 30II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 30’ 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. 519.

Mœtti Finni        fremðargjǫrnum
ǫrr oddviti        austr á Kvildrum.
Létu nýtan        naddveðrs boða
Ulfs arfþega        ǫndu týna.

Ǫrr oddviti mœtti fremðargjǫrnum Finni austr á Kvildrum. Létu {nýtan boða {naddveðrs}}, {arfþega Ulfs}, týna ǫndu.

The valiant leader met ambition-eager Finnr east at Kville. They caused {the able offerer {of the spear-storm}} [BATTLE > WARRIOR], {Úlfr’s inheritor} [= Finnr], to lose his life.

Mss: Mork(34r) (Mork)

Editions: Skj: Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbǫlkr 31: AI, 500, BI, 472, Skald I, 232; Mork 1867, 215, Mork 1928-32, 427, Andersson and Gade 2000, 380, 493 (Sslemb).

Context: Sigurðr encountered Finnr Sauða-Úlfsson and captured him.

Notes: [All]: The st. reports on the death of Finnr, which comes later in the prose text when Sigurðr captures and hangs him at Kville, in northern Bohuslän, present-day Sweden (see Mork 1928-32, 429; Andersson and Gade 2000, 53). Finnr was the great-grandson of Úlfr stallari ‘the Marshal’ Óspaksson (Úlfr). See ÍF 28, 120. — [6] naddveðrs ‘of the spear-storm’: Naddr ‘nail, point’ could denote a sharp weapon, either an arrow or a spear (Falk 1914, 75-6).

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