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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 4II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 4’ 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. 764.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Tók kappsamr
við konungsnafni
Haraldr brátt
inn hárfagri,
þás Halfdan
hafði drukknat
í hœings
hallar næfri.

Kappsamr Haraldr inn hárfagri tók brátt við konungsnafni, þás Halfdan hafði drukknat í {næfri {hallar hœings}}.
‘Vigorous Haraldr inn hárfagri (‘the Fair-haired’) at once received the title of king when Hálfdan had drowned in the roof-shingle of the salmon’s hall [WATER > ICE].

notes and context

Hálfdan svarti drowned in an open channel in the ice on Randsfjorden, a lake in south-eastern Norway. See Fsk (ÍF 29, 58), HsvHkr (ÍF 26, 92).


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 4: AI, 579, BI, 575, Skald I, 278; Flat 1860-8, II, 520.


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