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Hákonar saga Ívarssonar ()

Skaldic vol. 2; ed. Diana Whaley

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Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300 > 8. Introduction > 4. Sources for Skaldic Poetry Cited in the Kings' Sagas > 1. Sagas of the kings of Norway after 1035 > 5. Hákonar saga Ívarssonar ()


570a:        AM 570 a 4° (c. 1450-1500).

Editions: 1873, 1952.

Hákonar saga Ívarssonar () is a fragmentarily preserved story about the Norwegian chieftain Hákon Ívarsson and his dealings with the Norwegian king Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson and the Danish king Sveinn Úlfsson (see Royal Biographies below). The saga, which in its present form roughly spans the years 1050-64, records events that are also told in MHMork and HSigHkr (for a summary of these events, see Andersson and Gade 2000, 16-19). Most scholars agree that was one of the main sources for the Hkr account, but the relationship between and Mork is debated (see Fidjestøl 1982, 15-17). According to Fidjestøl (1982, 16-17), the author of used an earlier version of Mork rather freely, and he incorporated skaldic material that was not included in the Mork version. A C16th abbreviated Latin version (‘compendium’) of is also extant (see 1952, 38-40; Andersson and Gade 2000, 512-15).


The extant version of contains the following stanzas: Hharð Lv 6-7, ÞjóðA Sex 13 and ÞjóðA Har 1-4, Steinn Nizv 1 and Úlffl. The poetry in 570a is in poor condition.

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