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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 23II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 23’ 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. 716-17.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

En nafnfrægt
nøkkvi síðar
í náreið
á Niðarbakka
við leygför
leggja knátti
ríkr hertogi.

En nøkkvi síðar knátti ríkr hertogi leggja nafnfrægt rausnarlíf í náreið á Niðarbakka við leygför.
‘And a little later, the powerful duke placed his renowned, splendid body on the bier on the banks of Nidelven because of the raging of fire.

notes and context

By 24 May 1240, Skúli had been defeated. He took refuge in the monastery of Elgeseter, Trondheim. The Birkibeinar set fire to the monastery, and Skúli and his men went outside, where he and most of those with him were killed.



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 26: AII, 115, BII, 123, Skald II, 66; E 1916, 612, F 1871, 523, Hák 1910-86, 578-9, Hák 1977-82, 135, Flat 1860-8, III, 161.


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