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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 5’ 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. 765.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Ok es hann
í haug lagiðr
á herskô
en barnungr
burr Halfdanar
tók framlyndr
við fǫðurarfi.

Ok hann es lagiðr í haug á herskô Hringaríki, en {barnungr burr Halfdanar} tók framlyndr við fǫðurarfi.
‘And he is laid in a mound in war-worn Ringerike, and the child-young son of Hálfdan [= Haraldr], ambitious, received his paternal inheritance.

notes and context

Hálfdan’s place of burial is also given as Ringerike in Ágr (ÍF 29, 3) and Fsk (ÍF 29, 58). According to the additions to Fsk (II. Um einn ógæfuatburð ‘Concerning an unlucky event’) he was buried in Ringerike, but his head was moved to Skiringsal in Vestfold (ÍF 29, 366). Snorri tells us that people intended to bury Hálfdan in Ringerike, but at the behest of powerful men from other districts under his rule, his body was dismembered and interred in four different locations (Romerike, Hedmark, Vestfold and Ringerike), and all those burial mounds were known as ‘Hálfdan’s mounds’. See HsvHkr (ÍF 26, 93).



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 5: AI, 579, BI, 575, Skald I, 279; Flat 1860-8, II, 520.


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