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Note to Anon Eirm 5I

[1] Sigmundr ok Sinfjǫtli ‘Sigmundr and Sinfjǫtli’: These two heroes, father and son (or uncle and nephew), are central figures in Vǫlsunga saga. Their Anglo-Saxon counterparts, Sigemund and Fitela, are also paired in Beowulf ll. 874-900. It is especially appropriate that Sigmundr should be mentioned in a poem in praise of Eiríkr, since he was counted a descendant, through the supposed marriage of Áslaug, the daughter of Sigmundr’s son Sigurðr, to Ragnarr loðbrók ‘Shaggy-breeches’; cf. Ættartal [Genealogy] I in ÍF 28.


  1. Bibliography
  2. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  3. Internal references
  4. Not published: do not cite (RloðVIII)
  5. 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Vǫlsunga saga’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 790.
  6. Not published: do not cite ()


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