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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Snæk Lv 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Snækollr Gunnason, Lausavísa 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. 654-5.

Snækollr GunnasonLausavísa1

text and translation

Skalk aldrigi,         þótt ek ey lifa,
sýslu beiðask         á Sunnmœri,
þvít fluttu mik         fjandmenn þaðan
Bjǫrgynjar til         at boði hilmis.

Skalk aldrigi, þótt ek lifa ey, beiðask sýslu á Sunnmœri, þvít fjandmenn fluttu mik þaðan til Bjǫrgynjar at boði hilmis.
‘I shall never, though I may live forever, ask for a governorship in Sunnmøre, because my enemies brought me from there to Bergen at the bidding of the lord.

notes and context

In 1239, Hákon sends his men north to round up Skúli’s followers, and in Borgund in Sunnmøre they encounter three of his district chieftains, among them Snækollr. The Birkibeinar capture their ships, but the chieftains get quarter to meet with the king. Then Snækollr recites this st.

[4] á Sunnmœri ‘in Sunnmøre’: District on the western coast of Norway. — [7] til Bjǫrgynjar ‘to Bergen’: City in Hordaland, on the western coast of Norway. Bergen was Hákon’s permanent residence for most of his rule.



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: Snækollr Gunnason, Lausavísa: AII, 87, BII, 98, Skald II, 52; E 1916, 585, F 1871, 501, Hák 1910-86, 523, Hák 1977-82, 110, Flat 1860-8, III, 133.


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