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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 14II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 14’ 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. 770-1.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Þat hykk brátt
til bana leiddi
lítit sár
lǫfðung snaran.
Þars ávallt,
es vísir dó,
hella kennd
til Hôkonar.

Hykk þat lítit sár leiddi snaran lǫfðung brátt til bana. Þar, es vísir dó, [e]s hella ávallt kennd til Hôkonar.
‘I believe that little wound led the keen lord quickly to his death. There, where the leader died, a flat rock is forever named after Hákon.

notes and context

Hákon inn góði Haraldsson died at Hákonarhella (‘Hákon’s flat rock’, present-day Håkhella in Askøy near Bergen), the place where he had been born. See HN (MHN 107), Ágr (ÍF 29, 11), Fsk (ÍF 29, 93), HákgóðHkr (ÍF 26, 143, 192).



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 16: AI, 581, BI, 577, Skald I, 280, NN §2807C; Flat 1860-8, II, 521.


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