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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 10II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 10’ 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. 768-9.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Tók Eirekr
við jǫfursnafni
blóðøx brátt,
sem búendr vildu.
Vas vígfimr
vetr at landi
Eirekr alls
einn ok fjóra,
áðr * vinsæll
vestan kœmi
ok Hôkon
halfrar allrar
bróður sinn
beiddi erfðar.

Eirekr blóðøx tók brátt við jǫfursnafni, sem búendr vildu. Vígfimr Eirekr vas alls einn vetr ok fjóra at landi, áðr * {vinsæll einkafóstri Aðalsteins} kœmi vestan, ok Hôkon beiddi bróður sinn halfrar allrar erfðar.
‘Eiríkr blóðøx (‘Blood-axe’) at once received the royal title, as the farmers wanted. Battle-swift Eiríkr was altogether one year and four [king] in the country, before the popular only foster-son of Æthelstan [= Hákon] came from the west, and Hákon asked his brother for half of the whole inheritance.

notes and context

According to Ágr (ÍF 29, 7), Eiríkr ruled five years before his exile to England (including the years of joint rule with his father Haraldr). Theodoricus (MHN 7) gives three years, and HN (MHN 105) has one year. See Ólafía Einarsdóttir 1964, 174-6. — [11]: Æthelstan (Aðalsteinn) was king of England (r. 924-39) and Hákon Haraldsson’s foster-father.



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: [Anonyme digte og vers XII], [2]. Nóregs konunga-tal 11-12: AI, 580, BI, 576-7, Skald I, 279, NN §2119 Anm; Flat 1860-8, II, 521.


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