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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákfl 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarflokkr 1’ 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. 746.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarflokkr

text and translation

Ern lét austr til Vörnu
allvaldr skipum haldit;
Rínfúra vann rýrir
Ribbunga hlut þungan.
Ok óstilta elti
örþingaðr víkinga
— rönd klauf ræsir steinda —
reiðr á land af skeiðum.

Ern allvaldr lét haldit skipum austr til Vörnu; {rýrir {Rínfúra}} vann þungan hlut Ribbunga. Ok {reiðr örþingaðr} elti óstilta víkinga á land af skeiðum; ræsir klauf steinda rönd.
‘The vigorous mighty ruler brought the ships east to Værne; the diminisher of Rhine-fires [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] made the Ribbungar’s situation grievous. And the angry assembly-convenor of the arrow [WARRIOR] chased the rowdy vikings ashore from the warships; the prince clove the painted shield.

notes and context

In 1221, Hákon sailed with his fleet east across Oslofjorden from Tønsberg to Moss to launch an attack on the Ribbungar, who at first believed that merchantmen were rowing towards them. When they realised their mistake, they fled ashore and, after losing some men, they escaped across a bridge which they subsequently destroyed.

Skj A lists variant readings from ‘325VIII 5’, but the st. is not located on any of the extant leaves of 325VIII 5 a-c.



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, 6. Hákonarflokkr 1: AII, 124-5, BII, 132, Skald II, 71; E 1916, 505, F 1871, 423, Hák 1910-86, 354-5, Hák 1977-82, 40, Flat 1860-8, III, 41.


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