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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 54II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 54’ 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. 794-5.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Þeir * rógsamt
ríki hǫfðu
nánir frændr
í Nóregi.
Allt fór verr,
an vesa skyldi
— þess galt margr —
á meðal þeira,
unz Magnús
missti beggja
sigrs ok heilsu.

Þeir nánir frændr hǫfðu * rógsamt ríki í Nóregi. Allt fór verr á meðal þeira, an vesa skyldi—margr galt þess—, unz Magnús missti beggja sigrs ok heilsu sœmðarlaust.
‘Those close kinsmen had a discordant reign in Norway. Everything went worse between them than it should have—many paid for that—, until Magnús lost both victory and health without honour.

notes and context

The joint reign of Haraldr gilli and his nephew, Magnús inn blindi, was turbulent. Shortly after Christmas 1134 Haraldr captured Magnús in Bergen, blinded and castrated him, and cut off one of his legs. See Mork 1928-32, 401-2, Fsk (ÍF 29, 324-6), MbHgHkr (ÍF 28, 285-8). See also Hskv Hardr 1, 4, ESk Hardr II, 2. — [1] mjǫk ‘very’ (so Flat): The intensifier makes the l. hypermetrical and has been omitted in accordance with earlier eds.



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 59, 60/1-4: AI, 586-7, BI, 585-6, Skald I, 285; Flat 1860-8, II, 526.


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