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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 35II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 35’ 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. 783-4.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Vas harmdauðr
hverjum manni
fylkir fœrðr,
þars * faðir hvílir.
Sá vas norðr
í Nóregi
Krists * kirkju
konungmaðr grafinn.

Fylkir, harmdauðr hverjum manni, vas fœrðr, þars * faðir hvílir. Sá konungmaðr vas grafinn * Kristskirkju norðr í Nóregi.
‘The leader, whose death was lamented by all men, was brought back to where his father rests. That king was buried in Kristkirken north in Norway.

notes and context

The st. shows close verbal correspondences with the prose in Ágr (ÍF 29, 37): En lík hans var fœrt norðr í Þrándheim ok nið<r> sett í Kristskirkju, þar sem faðir hans hvílir. Ok var þetta hvárutveggja landinu mikill harmdauði ‘But his body was brought north to Trondheim and buried in Kristkirken where his father rests. And his death was much lamented [lit. this was a great grief-death] in both countries’. Magnús was not buried in Kristkirken, however, because that church was erected later by his cousin Óláfr Haraldsson (see Note to st. 31 [All]). Rather, his body was interred in Klemenskirken (Clemenskirkja, the Church of S. Clement), which also housed the shrine of S. Óláfr before it was moved to Kristkirken, and Magnús’s remains must have been moved later to Kristkirken along with those of his father. See HSigHkr (ÍF 28, 107). The wrong place of burial is also given in Mork (1928-32, 147) and Fsk (ÍF 29, 249). See also Okík Magn 2-3, ÞjóðA Lv 1, Anon (MH) 1.



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 39: AI, 584, BI, 581-2, Skald I, 283, NN §2808; Flat 1860-8, II, 524.


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