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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 21II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 21’ 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. 775.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Vas Óláfr
alls at landi
fimm at eins
faðmis galla,
áðr Eirekr
með ofrliði
ræsi þann
rómu beiddi.

Óláfr vas at landi alls at eins {fimm galla faðmis}, áðr Eirekr, með ofrliði, beiddi þann ræsi rómu.
‘Óláfr was [king] in the country altogether only five destructions of the snake [WINTERS] before Eiríkr, with an overwhelming host, offered that ruler battle.

notes and context

Óláfr Tryggvason ruled Norway 995-1000 (or 994-9; see Ólafía Einarsdóttir 1964, 174, 176-8).



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 24: AI, 582, BI, 579, Skald I, 281; Flat 1860-8, II, 522.


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