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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

aldrigi ‘never’

aldrigi (adv.): never

[1] aldrigi: so 42ˣ, Flat, aldri E, F, 81a, 8


ey ‘forever’

4. ey (adv.): always

[2] ey: æ F, Flat, einn 81a


lifa ‘may live’

lifa (verb): live


sýslu ‘a governorship’

1. sýsla (noun f.; °-u; -ur): work, job


[3] sýslu ‘a governorship’: Skúli Bárðarson had given Snækollr the office of governor of an administrative district (sýsla) in Sunnmøre, and repercussions from Hákon may be in store for him now after Skúli’s rebellion.


beiðask ‘ask for’

beiða (verb; °-dd-): ask, request

[3] beiðask: biðja F


Sunn ‘Sunn’

sunn- ((prefix)): [Sunn, southern] < Sunnmœri (noun f.)

[4] Sunn‑: sund‑ 81a, Flat


fjandmenn ‘my enemies’

fjándmaðr (noun m.): enemy


þaðan ‘from there’

þaðan (adv.): from there


Bjǫrg ‘Berg’


ynjar ‘en’

[7] ‑ynjar: ‑vinar 81a


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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.


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