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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 46II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 46’ 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. 790-1.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Varð Óláfr
ungr inn góði
lofsæll fyrstr
líf at missa.
Môttu þess
Magnúss sonar
skamma stund
skatnar njóta.

Lofsæll, ungr Óláfr inn góði varð fyrstr at missa líf. Skatnar môttu njóta {þess sonar Magnúss} skamma stund.
‘The glorious, young Óláfr inn góði (‘the Good’) was the first to lose his life. People were able to enjoy that son of Magnús [= Óláfr] for a short time.

notes and context

Óláfr Magnússon died of an illness in Trondheim on 22 December 1115 when he was 17 or 18 years old. He was buried in Kristkirken. See Theodoricus (MHN 64), Ágr (ÍF 29, 47), Mork 1928-32, 337, Fsk (ÍF 29, 320), MsonaHkr (ÍF 28, 257).


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 51: AI, 585-6, BI, 584, Skald I, 284; Flat 1860-8, II, 525.


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