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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 20II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 20’ 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. 774-5.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Ok Óláfr
arfi Tryggva
tók liðdrjúgr
lǫnd ok þegna,
hinn, es fimm
á fôm vetrum,
lofða vinr,
lǫnd kristnaði.

Ok Óláfr, arfi Tryggva, liðdrjúgr, tók lǫnd ok þegna, hinn vinr lofða, es kristnaði fimm lǫnd á fôm vetrum.
‘And Óláfr, the heir of Tryggvi, strong in number, took lands and subjects, that friend of the people who christianised five countries within a few years.

notes and context

Óláfr Tryggvason is said to have converted to Christianity the Orkney, Shetland, and Faroe Islands, as well as Iceland and Norway. See HN (MHN 116), Ágr (ÍF 29, 22).


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


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