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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Poem about Hákon — Ólhv HákII

Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson

Lauren Goetting 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson, Poem about Hákon’ 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. 657-8.


Vígstorma, namt Vermum,
valdr, fláræði gjalda;
lézt ræsir gim geisa;
gekk eldr of sjǫt rekka.
Bœndr hlutu kvǫl, þás kyndisk
kapps hár logi, sára;
gegn, létuð hyr hegna,
hjaldréls frǫmuðr, vélar.
‘Controller of battle-storms [WARRIOR = Hákon], you repaid the Vermir for their treason; ruler, you made fire rage; flames rose above men’s houses. Farmers suffered bitter torment when the tremendously high blaze was kindled; righteous promoter of the battle-shower [WARRIOR = Hákon], you made fire punish their deceits.

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