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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Anonymous Poems, 2. Nóregs konungatal, 51 [Vol. 2, 793]

[5] nú grœr jǫrð ‘now earth grows’: This statement is incorrect, because Sigurðr was interred in the stone wall of the church, outside the choir on the south side (ÍF 28, 276). According to Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson (ÍF 28, 276-7 n. 6), this royal burial custom is not attested elsewhere, and he suggests that Sigurðr and his men may have seen such tombs during their journey to Palestine. Other kings who were entombed similarly in Hallvardskirken were Sigurðr’s son, Magnús inn blindi ‘the Blind’ (d. 1139), Ingi Haraldsson (d. 1161) and Hákon ungi ‘the Young’ Hákonarson (d. 1257).

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