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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 31II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 31’ 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. 781.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

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Þá bar raun,
at ræsir vas
Kristi kærr,
um konung helgan.
Stendr í Krists
kirkju miðri
heilagt skrín
of Haralds arfa.

Þá bar raun um helgan konung, at ræsir vas kærr Kristi. Í miðri Kristskirkju stendr heilagt skrín of {arfa Haralds}.
‘Then there was true testimony concerning the holy king, that the ruler was dear to Christ. In the middle of Kristkirken a holy shrine stands over Haraldr’s heir [= Óláfr].

notes and context

Kristkirken (Kristkirkja, Christ’s Church) in Trondheim, which housed the shrine of S. Óláfr, was erected by Óláfr kyrri Haraldsson, Óláfr’s nephew and namesake. The church was originally dedicated to the Holy Trinity (see Theodoricus, MHN 58; ÍF 28, 208). For the fate of Óláfr’s body after it was disinterred, see ÓHHkr (ÍF 27, 403-5).


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 35: AI, 583, BI, 581, Skald I, 282; Flat 1860-8, II, 523.


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