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Ív Sig 34II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Ívarr Ingimundarson, Sigurðarbálkr 34’ 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. 521.

Ívarr IngimundarsonSigurðarbálkr

Fýstisk sunnan        Sigurðr á lesti
með lítit lið        lǫnd at sœkja.
Bjósk með hônum        til herfarar
margs andvani        Magnús konungr.

Á lesti fýstisk Sigurðr sunnan með lítit lið at sœkja lǫnd. Magnús konungr, andvani margs, bjósk með hônum til herfarar.

In the end, Sigurðr was eager [to travel] from the south with a small force to conquer the lands. King Magnús, deprived of much, prepared to join him on the war-expedition.

Mss: Mork(34v) (Mork)

Editions: Skj AI, 500-1, Skj BI, 473, Skald I, 232; Mork 1867, 217, Mork 1928-32, 430-1, Andersson and Gade 2000, 383, 493 (Sslemb).

Context: After their rampage along the coast of Norway, Sigurðr and Magnús sailed to Denmark. The following autumn (1139) they returned to Norway with thirty warships manned by Norwegians and Danes.

Notes: [7] andvani margs ‘deprived of much’: Magnús Sigurðarson had been blinded and castrated by his uncle, Haraldr gilli, after Haraldr captured him in Bergen shortly after Christmas 1134. See ‘Royal Biographies’ in the Introduction to this vol.


  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. 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.

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