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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hryn 1II

Valgerður Erna Þorvaldsdóttir (ed.) 2009, ‘Sturla Þórðarson, Hrynhenda 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. 678.

Sturla ÞórðarsonHrynhenda

text and translation

Frægjan réð þik Vilhjálmr vígja,
varrbáls hötuðr, kardináli;
engi valdiz jafngóðr hingat
aldar gramr af páfa valdi.
Kórónu lét kristni stýrir,
kynprýddr jöfurr, yðr of skrýdda;
ramri grund hafið, ríkisvandar
reiðivaldr, með frægðum haldit.

Vilhjálmr kardináli réð vígja þik, frægjan, {hötuðr {varrbáls}}; engi jafngóðr valdiz hingat af valdi páfa, {gramr aldar}. {Stýrir kristni} lét yðr, kynprýddr jöfurr, of skrýdda kórónu; {reiðivaldr ríkisvandar}, hafið haldit ramri grund með frægðum.
‘Cardinal William consecrated you, renowned one, hater of the sea-flame [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN]; none as good was sent here by the Pope’s power, ruler of men [KING]. The leader of Christianity [CARDINAL] had you, high-born prince, adorned with a crown; swinger of the royal sceptre [KING], you have held the mighty land with renown.

notes and context

The st. documents the crowning of King Hákon in Bergen in the summer of 1247.

For this event, see also Sturl Hákkv 25-33. — The st. is attributed to Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson (Ólhv) in Flat (Flat III, 1860-8, 171). — [7-8]: Sturla is referring to the fact that when Hákon was crowned he had already been king of Norway for thirty years, since 1217.



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, 3. Hrynhenda 1: AII, 102, BII, 113, Skald II, 60; F 1871, 531, E 1916, 622-3, Hák 1910-86, 598, Flat 1860-8, III, 171.


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