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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Vagn Ákason (Vagn)

10th century; volume 1; ed. Matthew Townend;

Lausavísa (Lv) - 1

Skj info: Vagn Ákason (AI, 185-6, BI, 175).

According to Jvs (e.g. Jvs 1962, 18), Vagn (Vagn) was the son of Áki and grandson of Pálna-Tóki, founder of the Jómsvíkingar. He is mentioned in Vígf Hák 1/4 and features prominently in later verse and prose accounts of the famous sea-battle between the Jómsvíkingar and the Norwegian jarls at Hjǫrungavágr (Liavågen, c. 985). He appears to have survived both the battle and the executions that followed it. The following lausavísa is the only poetry attributed to him in any source.

see Anon. X (Tillæg 1)

Lausavísa — Vagn LvI

Matthew Townend 2012, ‘ Vagn Ákason, Lausavísa’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 366. <> (accessed 18 January 2022)


in texts: Flat, Jvs

SkP info: I, 366

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This stanza (Vagn Lv) is preserved only in Jvs (291 as main ms., 7, Flat, 510), where it is spoken at a critical moment in the sea-battle of Hjǫrungavágr (Liavågen, c. 985; for the battle and other skaldic poetry associated with it, see the entry on Hákon jarl Sigurðarson in ‘Ruler biographies’ in Introduction to this volume.

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