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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 27II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 27’ 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. 719-20.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

Né allvaldr
einu ranni
fleira valði
austr né vestr
at ölskipan
und hreinvers
hvítu ræfri.

Né valði allvaldr fleira frægðarfólk einu ranni at ölskipan austr né vestr und {hvítu ræfri {hreinvers}}.

Never did a mighty ruler select more splendid people to one hall for ale-drinking east or west under {the white roof {of the reindeer-sea}} [EARTH > SKY/HEAVEN].

Mss: F(114rb), 42ˣ(172r-v), 81a(113vb), Flat(180va) (Hák)

Readings: [1] Né: so all others, Ok F;    all‑: ‘alld‑’ 81a, al‑ Flat    [3] frægðar‑: fremðar Flat    [5] vestr: stendr Flat    [6] öl‑: allri 81a    [7] ‑vers: ‑bers 42ˣ, ‑bergs 81a, ‑bærs Flat

Editions: Skj AII, 116, Skj BII, 124, Skald II, 67; F 1871, 531, Hák 1910-86, 599-600, Flat 1860-8, III, 171.

Context: As st. 26 above.

Notes: [2] einu ranni ‘to one hall’: The feast was held in a large boat-shed near the bay in Bergen. This was prior to the construction of Håkonshallen, the large hall built from stone (prior to 1261), which is now part of Bergenhus festning (Bergenhus fortress).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Flat 1860-8 = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and C. R. Unger, eds. 1860-8. Flateyjarbók. En samling af norske konge-sagaer med indskudte mindre fortællinger om begivenheder i og udenfor Norge samt annaler. 3 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  4. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  5. Hák 1910-86 = Kjær, Albert and Ludvig Holm-Olsen, eds. 1910-86. Det Arnamagnæanske haandskrift 81a fol. (Skálholtsbók yngsta) indeholdende Sverris saga, Bǫglungasǫgur, Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar. Oslo: Den norske historiske kildeskriftkommission and Kjeldeskriftfondet.

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