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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Hák) 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar 2’ 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. 849.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar


The st. (Anon (Hák) 2) is transmitted in mss E, F, 42ˣ, 81a, 304ˣ (8 has a lacuna), 3252VIII 5 b and Flat. The metre is málaháttr and E is the main ms.

text and translation

Eina kannk vísu:         ari sat á steini;
ok ina aðra:         ari sat á steini;
ǫlls, sem ein sé:         ari sat á steini.

Kannk eina vísu: ari sat á steini; ok ina aðra: ari sat á steini; ǫlls, sem ein sé: ari sat á steini.
‘I know one verse: an eagle sat on a rock; and this second one: an eagle sat on a rock; everything is, as if it were one: an eagle sat on a rock.

notes and context

This st. forms the opening of a speech made by Jarl Skúli Bárðarson in 1233 in response to a barrage of accusations levelled against him by Hákon Hákonarson and many of the district chieftains.

For this event, see also Ólhv Hryn 3. — The st. is difficult to reconstruct, and it looks as though it has been abbreviated in E, 81a and 325VIII 5 b. The full st. is preserved with the ll. given in the order presented above (with some variations) in 42ˣ, 304ˣ and Flat. Ms. F follows E and 325VIII 5 b, but adds ll. 3-4 in the present edn as ll. 5-6. Ms. 81a gives ll. 1-4 in the present edn, but omits ll. 5-6. Skj B prints the st. as given in E and F, whereas Kock (Skald; NN §3158) gives ll. 1-4 from Flat, but omits that version’s ll. 5-6.



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 24: AII, 143, BII, 152, Skald II, 81, NN §3158; E 1916, 562, F 1871, 482, Hák 1910-86, 476, Hák 1977-82, 90, Flat 1860-8, III, 108.


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