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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 34II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 34’ 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. 723-4.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Mjök er þat frægt,
er fara vildi
sigri sæmðr
til Svía fundar
grundar vörðr
góðu heilli
á Randvers

Þat er mjök frægt, er {vörðr grundar}, sæmðr sigri, vildi fara góðu heilli til fundar Svía á {remmiskíðum Randvers}.
‘It is widely known that the guardian of the land [KING], honoured by victory, wished to travel by good fortune to the meeting with the Swedes on the strong skis of Randverr <sea-king> [SHIPS].

notes and context

In the spring of 1249, Hákon set sail for the Götaälv in Sweden with a splendid fleet to meet with the Swed. king Eiríkr Eiríksson and his jarl, Birgir Magnússon.

[7] Randvers ‘of Randverr <sea-king>’: The form of the last element of this cpd m. pers. n. is difficult (for different spellings, see LP: Randvér). Etymologically, we should have expected -vér with the gen. form -vés (see AEW: vér 2), but all mss (except 42ˣ) have ‘-vers’, which can only be construed as a nom. -verr or -vérr.



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 38: AII, 118, BII, 125, Skald II, 67-8; E 1916, 631, F 1871, 538, Hák 1910-86, 616-17, Hák 1977-82, 150, Flat 1860-8, III, 178.


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