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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 12II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 12’ 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. 769-70.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Réð kappsamr
fyr konungdómi
Hôkon einn
hríð nǫkkura.
Vas sex vetr
samt at landi
ok tuttugu.

Kappsamr Hôkon réð einn fyr konungdómi nǫkkura hríð. Tírargjarn vas samt sex ok tuttugu vetr at landi.
‘Vigorous Hákon ruled the kingdom alone for some time. The glory-eager one was altogether six and twenty years [king] in the country.

notes and context

The number of years given for Hákon’s rule tallies with those of HákgóðHkr (ÍF 26, 182) and Fsk (ÍF 29, 94). HN (MHN 106) and ÓH (1941, 18) have twenty-seven years (counting the year he ruled jointly with his brother Eiríkr). Theodoricus (MHN 9) gives twenty-five years and Ágr (ÍF 29, 9) has twenty-four years. See Ólafía Einarsdóttir 1964, 174-7. — [1] kappsamr ‘vigorous’: See Note to st. 4/1.


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 14: AI, 581, BI, 577, Skald I, 280; Flat 1860-8, II, 521.


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