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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 10II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 10’ 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. 707.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Stóð ófriðr
af afarmenni
öllu fólki,
þá er ynglingr
austr á Láku
sverða seið
of samit hafði,
ok vígálfr
vaxanda lét
úlfa ár
ok ara ferðar.
Valði vetr
til vápnþrimu
of vígskátt
vísa ríki.

Ófriðr stóð af afarmenni öllu fólki innanlands, þá er ynglingr hafði of samit {seið sverða} austr á Láku, ok {vígálfr} lét ár úlfa ok ferðar ara vaxanda. Valði vetr til {vápnþrimu} of vígskátt ríki vísa.
‘Unrest came from the proud man to all people within the country, when the chieftain had caused a chant of swords [BATTLE] east at Låke, and the battle-elf [WARRIOR = Skúli] made the prosperity of the wolves and of the company of eagles increase. He chose the winter for weapon-clash [BATTLE] throughout the war-worn realm of the ruler.

notes and context

The battle of Låke between the forces of Skúli Bárðarson and the Birkibeinar under the leadership of Jarl Knútr, the son of Jarl Hákon galinn ‘the Crazy’, fought on 9 March 1240. Knútr lost the battle and retreated with his men to Tønsberg.

For this event, see also Ólhv Hryn 8 and Lv 2.



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: Sturla Þórðarson, 4. Hákonarkviða 12-13: AII, 111-12, BII, 120-1, Skald II, 64-5; E 1916, 593, F 1871, 507, Hák 1910-86, 537, Hák 1977-82, 116-17, Flat 1860-8, III, 140.


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