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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

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.

Mss: Flat(144va)

Readings: [2] í haug lagiðr: í lagiðr Flat

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

Notes: [All]: 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). — [2] haug ‘a mound’: The l. is missing one syllable and an alliterative stave. Haug was supplied by Sveinbjörn Egilsson (Fms 10, 422) and the reading has been adopted by subsequent eds.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Fms = Sveinbjörn Egilsson et al., eds. 1825-37. Fornmanna sögur eptir gömlum handritum útgefnar að tilhlutun hins norræna fornfræða fèlags. 12 vols. Copenhagen: Popp.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Ágr = [Anonymous] Ágrip af Nóregs konunga sögum.
  5. Flat 1860-8 = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and C. R. Unger, eds. 1860-8. Flateyjarbók. En samling af norske konge-sagaer med indskudte mindre fortællinger om begivenheder i og udenfor Norge samt annaler. 3 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  6. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  7. ÍF 29 = Ágrip af Nóregskonunga sǫgum; Fagrskinna—Nóregs konungatal. Ed. Bjarni Einarsson. 1985.
  8. Internal references
  9. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘Fagrskinna (Fsk)’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. clix-clxi.

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