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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞSjár Klœingr 1I

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2012, ‘Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson), Flokkr about Klœingr Brúsason 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 241.

Þórðr Særeksson (Sjáreksson)Flokkr about Klœingr Brúsason1

text and translation

Brunnu allvalds inni
— eldr, hykk, at sal felldi —
— eimr skaut á her hrími —
halfgǫr við Nið sjalfa.

Halfgǫr inni allvalds brunnu við Nið sjalfa; hykk, at eldr felldi sal; eimr skaut hrími á her.
‘The half-finished houses of the mighty ruler burned near Nidelven itself; I believe that fire felled the hall; flame shot soot at the army.

notes and context

In the kings’ sagas (Hkr, ÓH and Fsk), the context is Sveinn jarl Hákonarson’s attack on Óláfr Haraldsson and the subsequent burning of the town of Niðaróss (Trondheim) c. 1014. In SnE (Skm), Snorri cites the helmingr to illustrate the use of eimr as a heiti for ‘fire’. 



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: Þórðr Særeksson, 1. Et digt om Klœingr Brúsason: AI, 327, BI, 302, Skald I, 153; Hkr 1893-1901, II, 65, ÍF 27, 57 (ÓHHkr ch. 44); ÓH 1941, I, 87 (ch. 38), Flat 1860-8, II, 41; Fsk 1902-3, 149 (ch. 27), ÍF 29, 173 (ch. 29); SnE 1848-87, I, 508-9, II, 355, 454, 537, 602, SnE 1931, 178, SnE 1998, I, 98.


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