Immediately after Magnus Olafson came to Svithjod from Russia, Sigvat met him at Queen Astrid's house, and glad they all were at meeting. Sigvat then sang: --
"Thou art come here, prince, young and bold! Thou art come home! With joy behold Thy land and people. From this hour I join myself to thy young power. I could not o'er to Russie hie, -- Thy mother's guardian here was I. It was my punishment for giving Magnus his name, while scarcely living."
Afterwards Sigvat travelled with Queen Astrid, and followed Magnus to Norway. Sigvat sang thus: --
"To the crowds streaming to the Thing, To see and hear Magnus their king, Loudly, young king, I'll speak my mind -- `God to His people has been kind.' If He, to whom be all the praise, Give us a son in all his ways Like to his sire, no folk on earth Will bless so much a royal birth."
Now when Magnus became king of Norway Sigvat attended him, and was his dearest friend. Once it happened that Queen Astrid and Alfhild the king's mother had exchanged some sharp words with each other, and Sigvat said: --
"Alfhild! though it was God's will To raise thee -- yet remember still The queen-born Astrid should not be Kept out of due respect by thee."
King Magnus had a shrine made and mounted with gold and silver, and studded with jewels. This shrine was made so that in shape and size it was like a coffin. Under it was an arched way, and above was a raised roof, with a head and a roof-ridge. Behind were plaited hangings; and before were gratings with padlocks, which could be locked with a key. In this shrine King Magnus had the holy remains of King Olaf deposited, and many were the miracles there wrought. Of this Sigvat speaks: --
"For him a golden shrine is made, For him whose heart was ne'er afraid Of mortal man -- the holy king, Whom the Lord God to heaven did bring. Here many a man shall feel his way, Stone-blind, unconscious of the day, And at the shrine where Olaf lies Give songs of praise for opened eyes."