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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 16II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 16’ 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. 772.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Þá hefk heyrt,
at Haraldr tœki
jǫrð ok ríki.
Réð Gráfeldr
níu vetr
fyr Nóregi,
áðr * Gorms sonr
ok Gull-Haraldr
nafna sinn
at nái gerði.
Vas siklingr
suðr at Halsi
lífi ræntr
í Limafirði.

Þá hefk heyrt, at Haraldr, óársæll, tœki jǫrð ok ríki. Gráfeldr Gunnhildarson réð fyr Nóregi níu vetr, áðr * sonr Gorms ok Gull-Haraldr gerði nafna sinn at nái. Siklingr vas ræntr lífi suðr at Halsi í Limafirði.
‘Then I have heard that Haraldr, not blessed with prosperity, seized land and realm. Gráfeldr (‘Grey-cloak’) Gunnhildarson ruled Norway for nine years before Gormr’s son and Gull-Haraldr (‘Gold-Haraldr’) turned their namesake into a corpse. The ruler was robbed of his life south by Hals in Limfjorden.

notes and context

Haraldr Eiríksson was killed by Haraldr Gormsson of Denmark and Gull-Haraldr, a Dan. royal pretender, in Limfjorden, Denmark (c. 976), at the instigation of Hákon jarl. See Theodoricus (MHN 10-11), Ágr (ÍF 29, 14), Fsk (ÍF 29, 107-9), ÓTHkr (ÍF 26, 233-9). The nine years of his reign do not include the six years of struggle for power between the sons of Eiríkr blóðøx and Hákon jarl. ÓTHkr (ÍF 26, 239) and Ágr (ÍF 29, 13) give fifteen years, HN (MHN 107) fourteen years and Theodoricus (MHN 10) has twelve years. See also Ólafía Einarsdóttir 1964, 177-9. — [15-16]: These ll. echo Þjóð Yt 12/3-4I.



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 18-19: AI, 581, BI, 578, Skald I, 280; Flat 1860-8, II, 521-2.


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