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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 69II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 69’ 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. 803.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

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Þats ok víst,
at Jóans verða
metorð mest
Mistar runna
þars eigusk við
môlum skipta.

Þats ok víst, at metorð Jóans, einarðlynds, verða mest {runna Mistar}, þars merkismenn eigusk við skipta môlum.
‘It is also certain, that the honours of Jón, the faithful-minded one, are the greatest of the shrubs of Mist <valkyrie> [WARRIORS], where noteworthy men have dealings with each other arbitrating cases.

notes and context

Although he was never a lawspeaker, Jón Loptsson was the most powerful chieftain in Iceland in his day. His dealings with the Church are described in Oddaverja þáttr (Byskupa sögur 1953, I, 131-54). See also Halldór Hermannsson 1932b.


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 77: AI, 589, BI, 589, Skald I, 287; Flat 1860-8, II, 528.


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