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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 47II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 47’ 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. 791.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Gerði flest,
þats frama gegnði
Eysteinn konungr,
unz hjartverkr
hilmi frœknan
brigða brátt
til bana leiddi.

Eysteinn konungr gerði flest, þats gegnði frama innanlands, unz hjartverkr leiddi frœknan hilmi brigða brátt til bana.
‘King Eysteinn did much that brought progress within the country, until a heart-disease very suddenly led the daring lord to his death.

notes and context

Eysteinn Magnússon died of an illness on 29 August 1122. He is hailed as the builder of churches, harbours and roads, and as the supporter and promulgator of laws. See Theodoricus (MHN 64-5), Mork 1928-32, 352-3, 382-5, MsonaHkr (ÍF 28, 254-6, 259-62). — [7] brigða brátt ‘very suddenly’: Brigða (gen. pl. of brigð n. ‘change’) is used as an intensifying adv. (see LP: brigð 3).



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 52: AI, 586, BI, 584, Skald I, 284; Flat 1860-8, II, 525.


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