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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákfl 7II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hákonarflokkr 7’ 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. 751-2.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHákonarflokkr

text and translation

Vitr lét virki brjóta
valdr norrænar aldar
austr, þar er jöfrar treystuz
ógnfúsir, Ljóðhúsa.
Þat veitk, at galt Gautum
göfugr oddviti jöfra
— þjóð fekk ræsis reiði —
rán; gekk slíkt at vánum.

{Vitr valdr norrænar aldar} lét brjóta virki Ljóðhúsa austr, þar er ógnfúsir jöfrar treystuz. Þat veitk, at {göfugr oddviti jöfra} galt Gautum rán; þjóð fekk reiði ræsis; slíkt gekk at vánum.
‘The wise ruler of the Norwegian people [NORWEGIAN KING = Hákon] let the stronghold of Lödöse be broken in the east, where terror-eager princes felt secure. This I know, that the glorious leader of princes [KING] repaid the Gautar for the plunder; people got the wrath of the ruler; such went according to expectation.

notes and context

In the autumn of 1227, Hákon learned that Knútr Hákonarson’s men in Lödöse had killed and plundered Jarl Skúli Bárðarson’s envoys to King Valdimarr of Denmark, and he sent men to retaliate. Knútr had left men in a stronghold, which Hákon’s men destroyed and plundered.

In 8, the st. is attributed to Óláfr hvítaskáld (Ólhvít).



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 7: AII, 126, BII, 133, Skald II, 71; E 1916, 548, F 1871, 469, Hák 1910-86, 447, Hák 1977-82, 75, Flat 1860-8, III, 92.


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