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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákfl 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarflokkr 3’ 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. 747-8.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarflokkr

text and translation

Hljóp, sá er hersum steypa,
hyrgildandi, vildi,
ýgr frá allvalds mági
járnsveims ór Þrándheimi.
Endr lét Erlings frændi
Upplönd farit bröndum;
stríð hlutu stála meiðar
stórþung af Ribbungum.

{Ýgr {{járnsveims} hyr}gildandi}, sá er vildi steypa hersum, hljóp ór Þrándheimi frá mági allvalds. {Frændi Erlings} lét Upplönd endr farit bröndum; {meiðar stála} hlutu stórþung stríð af Ribbungum.
‘The fearsome validator of the fire of weapon-commotion [(lit. ‘fire-validator of weapon-commotion’) BATTLE > SWORD > WARRIOR], who wished to overturn the hersar, escaped from Trondheim from the in-law of the mighty ruler. The kinsman of Erlingr [= Sigurðr] again advanced in Opplandene with swords; the trees of weapons [WARRIORS] suffered oppressive torment from the Ribbungar.

notes and context

At the end of July 1224, Sigurðr ribbungr escaped from Jarl Skúli in Trondheim. He first went to Østerdalen and then to Värmland in Sweden, gathering a strong following. From Värmland Sigurðr returned to Norway and surprised Hákon’s kinsman, Óláfr mókr ‘the Sleepy’, who was at a wedding in Sørum, Romerike. Óláfr was spared on this occasion, but all the other men, sixty in number, were killed.

Óláfr mókr was Hákon’s district chieftain in Hedmark. He was later killed by the Ribbungar in the early autumn of 1224.



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 3: AII, 125, BII, 132, Skald II, 71; F 1871, 442, Hák 1910-86, 393-4, Hák 1977-82, 62, Flat 1860-8, III, 63.


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