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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 19II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 19’ 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. 774.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Missti lítt,
sús lǫgum stýrði,
rekka kind,
ráðs ins bezta,
þá es norðr
í Nóregi
kristinn mann
til konungs tóku.

Kind rekka, sús stýrði lǫgum, missti lítt ins bezta ráðs, þá es tóku kristinn mann til konungs norðr í Nóregi.
‘The offspring of heroes, who controlled the laws, little lacked the best counsel when they elected a Christian man king north in Norway.

notes and context

Óláfr Tryggvason was elected king of Norway at a general assembly (allsherjarþing) in Trøndelag in 995. See ÓTHkr (ÍF 26, 299). — [1] missti lítt ‘little lacked’: I.e. ‘had the best’. One of several examples of litotes in Nkt (e.g. sts 29/5, 71/4).



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 22: AI, 582, BI, 578-9, Skald I, 281; Flat 1860-8, II, 522.


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