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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 22II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 22’ 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. 775-6.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Sú vas alls,
áðr Ormr ryddisk,
Hrotta hríð
hǫrð ok lengi.
Þar hefir ǫld,
es Óláfr fell,
síðan kallat.

{Sú hríð Hrotta} vas alls hǫrð ok lengi, áðr Ormr ryddisk. Þar, es Óláfr fell, hefir ǫld síðan kallat Svǫlðrarvág.
‘That blizzard of Hrotti <sword> [BATTLE] was very hard and long before Ormr (‘the Serpent’) was cleared. That place where Óláfr fell people later called the Bay of Svolder.

notes and context

Óláfr Tryggvason was killed at the battle of Svolder (on 9 September 1000) against Eiríkr jarl Hákonarson of Norway, King Óláfr sœnski ‘the Swede’ Eiríksson of Sweden and King Sveinn tjúguskegg ‘Forkbeard’ Haraldsson of Denmark. See Theodoricus (MHN 23-4), HN (MHN 117-19), Ágr (ÍF 29, 22-4), Fsk (ÍF 29, 147-62), ÓTHkr (ÍF 26, 351-70). The location of Svolder has not been identified with certainty (see McDougall and McDougall 1998, 74-5 n. 113; Andersson 2003, 147 n. 1).


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 25: AI, 582, BI, 579, Skald I, 281; Flat 1868, II, 522.


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