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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 36II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 36’ 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. 784.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Nú hefk talt
tíu landreka,
þás hverr vas
frá Haraldi.
Inntak svá
ævi þeira,
sem Sæmundr
sagði inn fróði.

Nú hefk talt tíu landreka, þás hverr vas frá Haraldi. Inntak ævi þeira svá, sem Sæmundr inn fróði sagði.
‘Now I have enumerated ten sovereigns, each of whom was descended from Haraldr. I recounted their lives just as Sæmundr inn fróði (‘the Learned’) said.

notes and context

Sæmundr Sigfússon inn fróði (d. 1133) was Jón Loptsson’s grandfather. His Lat. history of lives of the kings of Norway is no longer extant (see Introduction). The ten sovereigns who descended from Haraldr hárfagri enumerated in the poem so far include the jarls of Lade (Hákon, Eiríkr, Sveinn and Hákon) but not Sveinn Álfífuson, the son of Knútr (Cnut the Great). The jarls of Lade traced their ancestry to Haraldr hárfagri through a female line (see ÍF 26, 136-7, 142 and Genealogy II.b 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 40: AI, 584, BI, 582, Skald I, 283; Flat 1860-8, II, 524.


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