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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 17II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 17’ 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. 773.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Tók harðráðr
ept Harald fallinn
Hôkon jarl
við Hárs vífi.
Sá réð tyggi
ok tuttugu
þrettán vetr
Þundar beðju.

Harðráðr Hôkon jarl tók við {vífi Hárs} ept Harald fallinn. Sá tyggi réð {beðju Þundar} þrettán ok tuttugu vetr.
‘Harsh-ruling Hákon jarl received Hárr’s <= Óðinn’s> wife [= Jǫrð (jǫrð ‘earth’)] after Haraldr’s death. That lord ruled Þundr’s <= Óðinn’s> bedmate [= Jǫrð (jǫrð ‘earth’)] for thirteen and twenty years.

notes and context

There is some discrepancy between sources as to the length of Hákon’s reign. Theodoricus (MHN 11) gives thirty years, HN (MHN 115) and Oddr Snorrason (ÓTOdd 1932, 114) thirty-three years. Ágr (ÍF 29, 16) states that he ruled for twenty years after the death of Haraldr. It appears that the thirty-three years assigned to the length of his rule also include the thirteen years he was jarl in Trøndelag after the death of his father (see ÍF 26, 239; Ólafía Einarsdóttir 1964, 177-80).


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 20: AI, 581, BI, 578, Skald I, 280, NN §§2120, 3244; Flat 1860-8, II, 522.


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