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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 27II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 27’ 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. 778-9.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Bauð Óláfr
austr fyr Nesjum
snarpa sókn
Sveini jarli.
Varð liðfár
lǫnd at flýja
sigri sviptr
sonr Hôkonar.

Óláfr bauð Sveini jarli snarpa sókn austr fyr Nesjum. {Liðfár sonr Hôkonar} varð at flýja lǫnd, sviptr sigri.
‘Óláfr offered Sveinn jarl a fierce fight east off Nesjar. The poorly supported son of Hákon [= Sveinn] was forced to flee the lands, deprived of victory.

notes and context

The battle at Nesjar off the coast of Brunlanes in southern Norway (see Note to Ív Sig 24/2), took place on 3 April 1015. Sveinn fled to his father-in-law Óláfr sœnski in Sweden. He harried in Russia and died of an illness either in Sweden or in Russia. See Theodoricus (MHN 28), Ágr (ÍF 29, 26), Fsk (ÍF 29, 174-8), ÓTHkr (ÍF 27, 58-67, 71).


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 31: AI, 583, BI, 580, Skald I, 282; Flat 1860-8, II, 523.


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