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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Hák) 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar 3’ 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. 850.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar


This anonymous st. (Anon (Hák) 3) in hrynhent metre (see SnSt Ht 62III, SnE 1999, 27) is preserved in mss E, F, 42ˣ, 81a, 304ˣ (8 has a lacuna), 325VIII 5 b and Flat. E is the main ms.

text and translation

Hóli gœddusk hirðmenn Skúla;
hrukku lítt, meðan full vas skrukka;
drukku þeir af Danmǫrk rekkar;
drógusk lítt of fjǫll ok skóga.
Síðan varð, es slósk í ferðir,
sangran ill ok þunt of stangir;
eiðar rufusk við Inga bróður;
engi vildi fylgja lengra.

Hirðmenn Skúla gœddusk hóli; hrukku lítt, meðan skrukka vas full; þeir rekkar af Danmǫrk drukku; drógusk lítt of fjǫll ok skóga. Síðan varð, es slósk í ferðir, ill sangran ok þunt of stangir; eiðar rufusk við {bróður Inga}; engi vildi fylgja lengra.
‘Skúli’s retainers were bloated from boasting; they hardly retreated while the belly was full; those heroes from Denmark drank; they hardly dragged themselves through mountains and forests. Then it happened, when campaigns began, that there were bad complaints and few around the standard poles; oaths were broken to Ingi’s brother [= Skúli]; no one wished to follow further.

notes and context

In the autumn of 1236, many of Skúli Bárðarson’s retainers have joined Hákon, who is on his way from Bergen north to Trondheim to meet Skúli and try to settle their disagreements. Skúli leaves Trondheim and intends to travel by land south across the mountains. When he comes to Rennebu, many of his sworn men and retainers leave him. Then this st. is spoken.

See also Ólhv Hryn 4.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], B. Anonyme løse vers angående bestemte historiske begivenheder 25: AII, 143, BII, 152, Skald II, 81; E 1916, 565-6, F 1871, 485, Hák 1910-86, 484, Hák 1977-82, 93, Flat 1860-8, III, 112.


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