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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 14II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 14’ 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. 710.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Gekk allvaldr
und ýg*shjálmi
merkjum fyrri,
en gullsett
gnæfa knáttu
vísa vé
of valafólki.

Meginmildr allvaldr gekk und ýg*shjálmi fyrri merkjum, en gullsett vé vísa knáttu gnæfa of valafólki.
‘The tremendously generous mighty ruler advanced under the helmet of terror ahead of the standards, and the gold-embroidered banners of the leader towered above the select troop.

notes and context

The battle of Oslo between Hákon and Skúli on 21 April 1240. Hákon called on his men to advance, and he himself was in front of the army.

For this event, see also Ólhv Hryn 10. — [1-2]: The ll. echo Egill Arkv 4/1-2V.



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 17: AII, 112-13, BII, 121, Skald II, 65; E 1916, 603, F 1871, 515, Hák 1910-86, 559, Hák 1977-82, 126, Flat 1860-8, III, 151.


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