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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Anonymous Lausavísur, 2. Stanzas from the Fourth Grammatical Treatise, 24nýi háttr [Vol. 3, 601]

[1] Haki: Name of a famous pirate or sea-king. The name can be used generally in poetry for a sea-king, but here there is a specific reference to the brother of the legendary Hagbarðr. Haki is mentioned in Ynglinga saga chs 22-3 (ÍF 26, 43-5) as a fierce and bellicose warrior, who killed Hugleikr, king of the Swedes, at Fyrisvellir ‘Plains by the Fyrisån’ (Fyris river) near Uppsala, assumed the kingship himself, and was later engaged in a second battle at Fyrisvellir, in which he was mortally wounded and placed at his own request on a pyre on board a burning ship, which was pushed out to sea. Cf. Note to Anon (SnE) 16/1. A rather different account of Haki’s death appears in Saxo 2005, I, 7, 8, 1-6, pp. 476-80.


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