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.
 blóðøx ‘(“Blood-axe”)’: According to Ágr (ÍF 29, 7), Eiríkr earned this nickname because he killed his brothers, and Theodoricus (MHN 7) gives his nickname as ‘Brothers’ Bane’ (fratrum interfector). ‘Blood-axe’ is also recorded in HN (blothoex, id est sanguinea securis; MHN 104). Fsk (ÍF 29, 79) tells us that Eiríkr acquired the nickname from his viking raids in the west.
 halfrar: halfar Flat
 halfrar (f. gen. sg.) ‘half’: Halfar (f. nom./acc. pl.; so Flat) is ungrammatical and has been emended to agree in case and number with erfðar (f. gen. sg.) ‘inheritance’ (l. 16). Kock (NN §2119 Anm.) takes the word as a noun rather than as an adj. and suggests the emendation hǫlfu (f. gen. sg.) ‘the half’.
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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.
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. — : Æthelstan (Aðalsteinn) was king of England (r. 924-39) and Hákon Haraldsson’s foster-father.
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