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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákfl 11II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarflokkr 11’ 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. 755.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarflokkr

text and translation

Þrimr náttum kom Þróttar
þinghlynr til Björgynjar,
áðr en allvald prúðan
ófs dynviðir grófu.
Margr stóð málma fergir
— mikit stríð var þat — síðan
lýða grams yfir leiði
lítt kátr með brá váta.

{{Þróttar þing}hlynr} kom þrimr náttum til Björgynjar, áðr en {{ófs dyn}viðir} grófu prúðan allvald. {Margr fergir málma} stóð síðan lítt kátr með váta brá yfir leiði {grams lýða}; þat var mikit stríð.
‘The maple of Þróttr’s <= Óðinn’s> assembly [(lit. ‘assembly-maple of Þróttr’) BATTLE > WARRIOR = Hákon] was brought for three nights to Bergen, before the trees of the din of the sword [(lit. ‘the din-trees of the sword’) BATTLE > WARRIORS] buried the splendid mighty ruler. Many a subjugator of weapons [WARRIOR] later stood little cheerful with wet eyelashes above the grave of the lord of men [KING]; that was a great grief.

notes and context

Hákon died in Orkney on 16 December 1263, and he was buried temporarily in the Cathedral of S. Magnús. On 5 March 1264 the body was exhumed and brought to Norway. He was reburied on 22 March in the choir of Kristkirken in Bergen.

The sentiments expressed in this st. echo the grief that people felt at the burial of Magnús inn góði Óláfsson (Mgóð). See Ókík Magn 2.



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 11: AII, 127, BII, 134-5, Skald II, 72; F 1871, 581, Flat 1860-8, III, 232.


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