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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 18II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 18’ 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. 773-4.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Urðut * góð
í Gaulardal
Eireks fǫður,
þás Karkr þræll
knífi meitti
af Hôkoni.

Ævilok {fǫður Eireks} urðut * góð í Gaulardal, þás Karkr þræll meitti {hattarstall} af Hôkoni knífi.
‘The death of Eiríkr’s father [= Hákon] did not turn out well in Gauldalen, when Karkr the slave sliced the hat-support [HEAD] off Hákon with a knife.

notes and context

Hákon jarl was killed by his slave, Karkr, in 995 when they were hiding beneath a pigsty at the farm Romol near the river Gaula, across from Melhus, Trøndelag. See Theodoricus (MHN 18), HN (MHN 115), Ágr (ÍF 29, 17), Fsk (ÍF 29, 139), ÓTHkr (ÍF 26, 293-8).



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 21: AI, 582, BI, 578, Skald I, 280-1; Flat 1860-8, II, 522.


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