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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Giz Hákdr 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Gizurr Þorvaldsson, Hákonardrápa 1’ 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. 673-4.

Gizurr ÞorvaldssonHákonardrápa1

text and translation

Snjallr bauð ørgrant öllum
allvaldr griðum halda
naðrs glóstrætis njótum
nætr sex ok frið gæta.

Snjallr allvaldr bauð {öllum njótum {glóstrætis naðrs}} halda griðum ørgrant sex nætr ok gæta frið.
‘The wise mighty ruler ordered all users of the glowing street of the snake [GOLD > GENEROUS MEN] to keep the truces carefully for six nights and to protect the peace.

notes and context

Hákon’s journey to Denmark in the summer of 1257 and his attempt to reach an agreement with King Kristófór I Valdimarsson of Denmark (r. 1252-9). The initial negotiations were difficult, and some people urged Hákon to harry in Denmark. However, Hákon had promised six nights of truce before launching an attack.

For this mission and the ensuing result, see also Sturl Hryn 16-18 and Hákfl 9.



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: Gizurr Þorvaldsson, 1. En drape om Hakon d. gamle: AII, 98, BII, 110, Skald II, 58; E 1916, 654, F 1871, 556, Hák 1910-86, 665, Hák 1977-82, 176, Flat 1860-8, III, 200.


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