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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 4II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 4’ 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. 702.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Bar tállaust
tvennan blóma
einu sumri,
ok ókalt
öndvert ár
urpu tysvar,
þá er allvaldr
við jöfursnafni
of tekit hafði,
ok hans gipt
hæstrar tíðar
vaxa náði.

Aldinviðr bar tállaust tvennan blóma einu sumri, ok útifuglar urpu tysvar ókalt öndvert ár, þá er tírargjarn allvaldr hafði of tekit við jöfursnafni, ok vegilát gipt hans náði vaxa hæstrar tíðar.
‘The fruit tree blossomed twice without deceit in one summer, and wild birds laid eggs twice during the warm beginning of the year, when the fame-eager mighty ruler had received the royal title, and his splendid good fortune could increase at the most opportune time.

notes and context

The st. documents the prosperity and good harvests in Norway after Hákon had been elected king in 1217.

For Hákon’s prosperity, see also Ólhv Hryn 1.



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 4-5: AII, 109-10, BII, 119, Skald II, 63-4, NN §§88, 2826; E 1916, 490, F 1871, 405, Hák 1910-86, 321-2, Hák 1977-82, 21, Flat 1860-8, III, 22.


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