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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 67II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 67’ 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. 801-2.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

Hét * dǫglings
dóttir Þóra;
sú vas gipt
gǫfgum manni.
Allra helzt,
sús Jóan fœddi,
vas sonsæl
systir jǫfra.

* Dóttir dǫglings hét Þóra; sú vas gipt gǫfgum manni. Systir jǫfra, sús fœddi Jóan, vas allra helzt sonsæl.
‘The daughter of the monarch was called Þóra; she was married to a noble man. The sister of princes who gave birth to Jón was above all son-blessed.

notes and context

At this point, the poet has ‘come down close to the whale’, so to speak (see Note to st. 2/1-4), and the remainder of the poem focuses on the family of the Oddaverjar. He also reverts to the style of st. 1, with concatenations of non-verbal elements obliterating the helmingr boundaries (e.g. allra helzt ‘above all’ (l. 5); cf. sts 1/5 and 68/7). — [1] *: Ein (f. nom. sg) ‘one’ (so Flat) makes the l. unmetrical, and the numeral has been omitted in accordance with most 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 74: AI, 588, BI, 588, Skald I, 287; Flat 1860-8, II, 527.


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