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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ólhv Hryn 6II

Lauren Goetting (ed.) 2009, ‘Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 6’ 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. 663-4.

Óláfr hvítaskáld ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Fláræði kom framm of síðir;
friðbann hóf þá ǫfund manna;
eigi má við ørlǫg bægjask
jǫfra sveit, þótt ráðug heiti.
Stórr vas harmr, þars stríddu harrar
stála hregg, þvít æ mun beggja
rausnarkapp ok ríki uppi,
ramri þjóð, meðan jǫrð heldr flóði.

Fláræði kom framm of síðir; ǫfund manna hóf þá friðbann; eigi má sveit jǫfra bægjask við ørlǫg, þótt heiti ráðug. Vas stórr harmr ramri þjóð, þars harrar stríddu {hregg stála}, þvít æ mun rausnarkapp ok ríki beggja uppi, meðan jǫrð heldr flóði.
‘Treachery emerged at last; the malice of men then led to a peace-ban; a host of princes cannot contend against fate, though it is called wise. It was a great sorrow to the mighty people when the lords fought a storm of weapons [BATTLE], because the eagerness for glory and the power of both will always be remembered, as long as the earth adheres to the sea.

notes and context

On 6 November 1239, Skúli laid claim to the kingship of Norway in the presence of his adherents at Øretinget in Trondheim.

For Skúli’s claim to the Norwegian throne, see also Sturl Hákkv 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: Óláfr Þórðarson hvítaskáld, 2. Et hrynhent digt 6: AII, 94-5, BII, 106, Skald II, 56; 104, E 1916, 578, F 1871, 495, Hák 1910-86, 508, Hák 1977-82, 104, Flat 1860-8, III, 125.


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