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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 56II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 56’ 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. 796.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

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Frák, landvǫrn
ept liðinn ræsi
Sygna grams
at synir tœki.
Vas Eysteinn
Inga bróðir
sóknar snarr
en Sigurðr annarr.

Frák, at synir {grams Sygna} tœki landvǫrn ept liðinn ræsi. Eysteinn, snarr sóknar, vas bróðir Inga en Sigurðr annarr.
‘I heard that the sons of the lord of the Sygnir [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr gilli] took over the defence of the land after the death of the ruler. Eysteinn, swift in battle, was a brother of Ingi and Sigurðr another.

notes and context

Ingi was the son of Haraldr and Ingiríðr Rǫgnvaldsdóttir, and Sigurðr’s mother was Þóra Guthormsdóttir. Haraldr had sired Eysteinn in Scotland with a woman named as Bjaðǫk, before he came to Norway. See HsonaHkr (ÍF 28, 321, and Genealogy II.4).


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 62: AI, 587, BI, 586, Skald I, 285; Flat 1860-8, II, 526.


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