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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 55II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 55’ 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. 795.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Þat veit hverr,
at Haraldr gilli
vas samfast
sex vetr konungr,
áðr * lofðung
af lífdǫgum
tóku fyrðar.
Sás at Krists
kirkju jarðaðr
í Bjǫrgyn
bróðir jǫfra.

Hverr veit þat, at Haraldr gilli vas konungr sex vetr samfast, áðr * fyrðar tóku lofðung af lífdǫgum tírarlaust. Sá bróðir jǫfra [e]s jarðaðr at Kristskirkju í Bjǫrgyn.
‘Everyone knows that Haraldr gilli (‘Servant’) was king continuously for six years before men deprived that lord of his life without glory. That brother of princes is buried in Kristkirken in Bergen.

notes and context

Haraldr gilli Magnússon was murdered in Bergen on 14 December 1136 by his half-brother, Sigurðr slembidjákn Magnússon, and Sigurðr’s men. See Mork 1928-32, 411-13, Fsk (ÍF 29, 327-9), MbHgHkr (ÍF 28, 300-2). Kristkirken (Kristskirkja, Christ’s Church) in Bergen was erected by Óláfr kyrri Haraldsson (see ÍF 28, 204).



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 60/5-8, 61: AI, 587, BI, 585-6, Skald I, 285; Flat 1860-8, II, 526.


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