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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 25II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 25’ 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. 718.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Sú kom gipt
af guðs syni
yfir Hákon
heilli góðu,
er allvald
öflgrar kristni
til friðar vígði,
ok geðstórr
á grams höfuð
kórónu lét
í Björgyn
at boði páfa.

Sú gipt kom góðu heilli yfir Hákon af {syni guðs}, er {fyrirmaðr öflgrar kristni} vígði allvald til friðar, ok geðstórr, kappsnúinn karðináli lét kórónu á konungligt höfuð grams í Björgyn at boði páfa.
‘That luck came by good fortune upon Hákon from the son of God [= Christ], when the leading man of powerful Christianity [= William] consecrated the mighty ruler for peace, and the proud, vigorous cardinal placed the crown on the royal head of the prince in Bergen at the Pope’s bidding.

notes and context

On 29 July 1247, Hákon was crowned king of Norway by the papal legate William of Sabina. The coronation took place in Kristkirken in Bergen.

See also Sturl Hryn 1. — [15]: The l. echoes Anon Nkt 55/11.



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 28-9: AII, 115-16, BII, 123-4, Skald II, 66; E 1916, 622, F 1871, 531, Hák 1910-86, 598, Hák 1977-82, 143, Flat 1860-8, III, 170.


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