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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ólhv Hák 1II

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

Óláfr hvítaskáld ÞórðarsonPoem about Hákon1

text and translation

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.

{Valdr vígstorma}, namt gjalda Vermum fláræði; ræsir, lézt gim geisa; eldr gekk of sjǫt rekka. Bœndr hlutu sára kvǫl, þás kapps hár logi kyndisk; {gegn frǫmuðr hjaldréls}, létuð hyr hegna 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.

notes and context

In 1225 King Hákon and his retinue marched into Värmland, Sweden, to punish the people for supporting the Ribbungar and sending men to harry in Norway. On the Saturday before Lent, Hákon burned the farms in the parish of Eda, located in south-western Värmland, which had been abandoned by the time of his arrival.

For Hákon’s campaign in Värmland, see also Sturl Hákkv 7-8 and Sturl Hákfl 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: Óláfr Þórðarson hvítaskáld, 1. Et digt om kong Hákon: AII, 92-3, BII, 104, Skald II, 55; E 1916, 529, F 1871, 448, Hák 1910-86, 406, Flat 1860-8, III, 69.


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