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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 24II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 24’ 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. 776-7.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Þá vas úfr
Eireks skorinn,
áðr * Rómfǫr
ræsir hœfi,
ok blóðrôs
til bana leiddi
vitran jarl
vestr með Englum.

Þá vas úfr Eireks skorinn, áðr * ræsir hœfi Rómfǫr, ok blóðrôs leiddi vitran jarl til bana vestr með Englum.
‘Then Eiríkr’s uvula was cut, before the ruler could embark on a journey to Rome, and blood-loss led the wise jarl to his death in the west among the English.

notes and context

Eiríkr died in England c. 1023. See Theodoricus (MHN 25), Ágr (ÍF 29, 24), Fsk (ÍF 29, 167), ÓHHkr (ÍF 27, 32), Flat 1860-8, I, 561. — [1-2]: In classical and medieval times, the most common treatment for a chronically swollen uvula (Lat. casus uv(ul)ae, ON úfsig lit. ‘uvula-sinking’) was to have it removed surgically (see KLNM 6, 72-4). See also McDougall and McDougall 1998, 75-6 n. 116 and the literature cited there.



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


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