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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákfl 4II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarflokkr 4’ 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, pp. 748-9.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarflokkr

text and translation

Eim lék hyrr með himni;
hljóp eldr í sal feldan;
vítt hykk þegnum þóttu
þeim markar böl sveima.
Óðuz allar þjóðir
(eiðvandr) konungs reiði
(baugsendir rauð brýndan
brand í Vermalandi).

Hyrr lék eim með himni; eldr hljóp í feldan sal; hykk þeim þegnum þóttu {böl markar} sveima vítt. Allar þjóðir óðuz reiði konungs; {eiðvandr baugsendir} rauð brýndan brand í Vermalandi.
‘Fire played on fire against the sky; the flame leaped into the collapsed hall; I believe those men thought the harm of the forest [FIRE] was surging far and wide. All people feared the wrath of the king; the reliable ring-giver [GENEROUS MAN] reddened the sharpened sword in Värmland.

notes and context

Hákon’s punitive campaign in Värmland, Sweden, in 1225. He was on his way back to Norway when he encountered resistance in Sulvik, and in retaliation he burned that settlement to the ground.

For this campaign, see also Sturl Hákkv 7-8 and Ólhv Hák 1. — [3-4]: These ll. echo Bkrepp Magndr 3/3-4.



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: Sturla Þórðarson, 6. Hákonarflokkr 4: AII, 125, BII, 132-3, Skald II, 71, NN §3153; E 1916, 531, F 1871, 449-50, Hák 1910-86, 409, Flat 1860-8, III, 71.


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