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Ív Sig 15II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 15’ 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. 510-11.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

Drifu til reipa        í rotuveðri
reyndir at risnu        ræsis þegnar.
Urðu seggir        segls at gæta,
— þá vas svalt á sæ —        en sumir jósu.

Þegnar ræsis, reyndir at risnu, drifu til reipa í rotuveðri. Seggir urðu at gæta segls, en sumir jósu; þá vas svalt á sæ.

The ruler’s retainers, tested in magnanimity, rushed to the ropes in the roaring rainstorm. Men had to tend the sail and some bailed; then it was cold at sea.

Mss: Mork(33v) (Mork); F(71rb)

Readings: [2] rotu‑: ‘roþo’ Mork, ‘rꜹðo’ F

Editions: Skj AI, 497, Skj BI, 470, Skald I, 230; Mork 1867, 211, Mork 1928-32, 420, Andersson and Gade 2000, 376, 491-2 (Sslemb); F 1871, 328 (MbHg).

Context: Stanzas 15-17 describe Sigurðr’s sailing from Norway to Sweden in 1137.

Notes: [All]: The prose of Mork (and F) is clearly derived from the poetry here. Hkr (ÍF 28, 309), which does not cite any sts, has Sigurðr travelling from Norway to Denmark. — [2] í rotuveðri ‘in the roaring rainstorm’: The ms. readings (‘roþo’ Mork, ‘rꜹðo’ F) cannot be construed to make any sense.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Andersson, Theodore M. and Kari Ellen Gade, trans. 2000. Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157). Islandica 51. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
  4. Mork 1928-32 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1928-32. Morkinskinna. SUGNL 53. Copenhagen: Jørgensen.
  5. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  6. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  7. Mork 1867 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1867. Morkinskinna: Pergamentsbog fra første halvdel af det trettende aarhundrede. Indeholdende en af de ældste optegnelser af norske kongesagaer. Oslo: Bentzen.
  8. Internal references
  9. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Heimskringla (Hkr)’ 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 [check printed volume for citation].
  10. Not published: do not cite (MbHgII)

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