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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 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. 699-700.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Þá hefr í ætt
öðlingr drepit
Tryggva niðs
er framráðs
flýja þurfti
ynglings barn
fyr ófriði.

Þá hefr öðlingr drepit tírarhöfði í ætt {niðs Tryggva}, er barn framráðs ynglings þurfti flýja fyr ófriði.
‘Then the prince [Hákon] pushed his famous head into the family of the kinsman of Tryggvi [= Óláfr Tryggvason], when the child of the ambitious king [= Hákon] was forced to flee on account of unrest.

notes and context

During the winter of 1205-6, the Birkibeinar brought the two-year-old Hákon from Viken to Hamar, Lillehammer and up through Østerdalen to Trondheim (Norway). The journey was very hazardous, and Sturla likens it to the young Óláfr Tryggvason’s escape to Sweden.

After the murder of Óláfr Tryggvason’s father, Tryggvi Óláfsson (c. 986), the infant Óláfr and his mother, Ástríðr, were hunted by their enemies (specifically Gunnhildr, the widow of Eiríkr blóðøx Haraldsson) and forced to flee from Norway to Sweden (see ÓTHkr, ÍF 26, 227-9).



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: Sturla Þórðarson, 4. Hákonarkviða 1: AII, 108-9, BII, 118-19, Skald II, 63, NN §2578; E 1916, 473-4, F 1871, 390, Hák 1910-86, 296, Hák 1977-82, 4, Flat 1860-8, III, 6.


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