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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 11II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 11’ 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, p. 708.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Lagði rösk,
en risu laukar,
hilmis hirð
hendr at reipum,
en húnskriptr
hreggi blásnar
fylkis ferð
til frama greiddu.

Rösk hirð hilmis lagði hendr at reipum, en laukar risu, en {hreggi blásnar húnskriptr} greiddu ferð fylkis til frama.
‘The daring retinue of the ruler put their hands on the ropes, and the masts rose up, and the storm-swept decorated cloth of the mast-top [SAIL] made the journey of the sovereign a success.

notes and context

On the Tuesday after Easter 1240, Hákon sailed south in a fair wind along the south-western coast of Norway to Kvitsøy (south of Karmøy) on his way to force an encounter with Skúli in Oslo.



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 14: AII, 112, BII, 121, Skald II, 65, NN §2579; E 1916, 598, F 1871, 510, Hák 1910-86, 546-7, Hák 1977-82, 121, Flat 1860-8, III, 145.


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