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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákkv 37II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarkviða 37’ 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. 725-6.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarkviða

text and translation

Svá var Elfr
öll at líta
sem á gull sæi
er flota þeysti
lofsæll konungr
Ljóðhúsa til.

Öll Elfr var svá glæsilig at líta, sem frægðarfólk sæi á gull, er lofsæll konungr þeysti flota til Ljóðhúsa.
‘The entire Götaälv was so glorious to see, as if the famous people were looking at gold, when the praise-blessed king hastened his fleet to Lödöse.

notes and context

When Hákon arrived in the Götaälv, both King Eiríkr and Jarl Birgir had left because of rumours about Hákon’s large fleet. Hákon’s messengers rode after the jarl and caught up with him in Götaland. Birgir agreed to return to the Götaälv, and he was to wait for Hákon in Lödöse.

[6]: The l. echoes Eyv Hál 11/6I.



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 41: AII, 119, BII, 126, Skald II, 68, NN §2290; E 1916, 632, F 1871, 539, Hák 1910-86, 619, Hák 1977-82, 151, Flat 1860-8, III, 180.


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