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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 26II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 26’ 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. 719.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Enn sú rausn
ríða knátti
Hörða grams
með himinskautum,
hvé völsungr
veita knátti
sinnar vígslu.

Enn sú rausn {grams Hörða} knátti ríða með himinskautum, hvé völsungr knátti veita sæmðardag vígslu sinnar.
‘And that splendour of the lord of the Hǫrðar [NORWEGIAN KING = Hákon] spread along the corners of heaven, how the king entertained on the glorious day of his consecration.

notes and context

After his coronation, Hákon hosted a three-day long magnificent feast in Bergen.

This and the following st. are not recorded in E, and F is the main ms. Also note that the readings of the mss vary significantly, especially those given in Flat.



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 30: AII, 116, BII, 124, Skald II, 67; F 1871, 531, Hák 1910-86, 599, Hák 1977-82, 143, Flat 1860-8, III, 171.


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