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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 72II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 72’ 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. 804-5.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

text and translation

En Sæmundr
sína vissi
Sigfúss sonr
snilli jafnan
faðir Lopts,
sás firum þótti
við hluti alla.

En Sæmundr, sonr Sigfúss, vissi jafnan snilli sína, {faðir Lopts}, sás þótti firum hǫfuðsmaðr við alla hluti.
‘But Sæmundr, Sigfúss’s son, always showed his prowess, Loptr’s father [= Sæmundr], who seemed to people a leader in all respects.

notes and context

Sæmundr Sigfússon (1054/6-1133) was one of the most learned men in Iceland in his day. He studied in France (or the Rhineland; see Foote 1975, 67-70) and returned to Iceland in 1076. He was a priest and presumably the founder of the school at Oddi. See 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 80: AI, 589, BI, 589, Skald I, 287; Flat 1860-8, II, 528.


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