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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 13II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 13’ 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. 770.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Háði gramr
gunni á Fitjum
við Eireks
Varð í hǫnd
hilmir skotinn,
þás folkmeiðr
flótta knúði.

Gramr háði gunni á Fitjum við erfivǫrðu Eireks. Hilmir varð skotinn í hǫnd, þás {folkmeiðr} knúði flótta.
‘The lord fought a battle at Fitjar against Eiríkr’s heirs. The ruler was shot in the arm when the battle-tree [WARRIOR] chased those who fled.

notes and context

The battle of Fitjar (Stord, Norway) between Hákon and Eiríkr’s sons took place in 960 or 961. As the stories go, Hákon was either shot in the biceps by a servant of Gunnhildr, Eiríkr’s widow, or, alternatively, the injury was caused by Gunnhildr’s witchcraft. See Theodoricus (MHN 10), HN (MHN 107), Ágr (ÍF 29, 11), Fsk (ÍF 29, 93), HákgóðHkr (ÍF 26, 190-1).



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


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