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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 25II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 25’ 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. 777-8.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Talði lǫnd
ok lausafé
sína eign
Sveinn ok Hôkon,
ok tvá vetr
at tali fyrða
Eireks arf
jarlar hǫfðu,
áðr í land
með lítinn her
kœmi vestan,
ok Óláfr
jarli mœtti
í Sauðungs
sundi miðju.

Sveinn ok Hôkon talði lǫnd ok lausafé eign sína, ok tvá vetr, at tali fyrða, hǫfðu jarlar arf Eireks, áðr konungmaðr, með lítinn her, kœmi í land vestan, ok Óláfr mœtti jarli í miðju Sauðungssundi.
‘Sveinn and Hákon declared lands and loose chattel their property, and for two years, according to people’s reckoning, the jarls held Eiríkr’s inheritance, before a royal claimant, with a small army, came to the country from the west, and Óláfr met the jarl in the middle of Sauesund.

notes and context

Sveinn Hákonarson (Eiríkr’s brother) and Eiríkr’s son, Hákon, ruled Norway jointly 1013-15. Óláfr Haraldsson arrived in Norway from England shortly before Christmas 1014. His encounter with and defeat of Hákon jarl took place in the sound called Sauesund, east of the island Atløy in Sogn og Fjordane, in the early spring of 1015. See Theodoricus (MHN 26-7), Ágr (ÍF 29, 25), Fsk (ÍF 29, 171-2), ÓHHkr (ÍF 27, 36-9).


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 28-29: AI, 582-3, BI, 579-80, Skald I, 281; Flat 1860-8, II, 523.


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