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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 30II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 30’ 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. 780.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Reisti her
hilmi á móti
kynjað*r vel
Kalfr ok Þórir.
Þar vas felldr
fylkir Þrœnda,
sem staðir
Stikla heita.

Kalfr, vel kynjað*r, ok Þórir reisti her á móti hilmi. {Fylkir Þrœnda} vas felldr þar, sem heita Stiklastaðir.
‘Kálfr, of good family, and Þórir raised an army against the ruler. The lord of the Þrœndir [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] was killed at the place called Stiklestad.

notes and context

Óláfr inn helgi Haraldsson (S. Óláfr) was killed at the battle of Stiklestad, Trøndelag (on 29 July 1030; for this date, see McDougall and McDougall 1998, 88-9 n. 204). Two of the leaders of the opposing army were Kálfr Árnason and Þórir hundr ‘Dog’ Þórisson. Kálfr belonged to the illustrious family of the Arnmœðlingar. See the additions to Fsk (IV. Hér hefr Arnmœðlingatal ‘Here begins the enumeration of the Arnmœðlingar’, ÍF 29, 371-3). Þórir was a member of the Bjarkøy family (Bjarkeyingar; see Genealogy IX in ÍF 28).



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 34: AI, 583, BI, 580-1, Skald I, 282; Flat 1860-8, II, 523.


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