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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 75II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 75’ 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. 806.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

Nú biðk Krist,
at konungs spjalli
hafi þat allt,
es œskir sér,
af guði sjǫlfum,
allan aldr
ok unaðs njóti.

Nú biðk Krist, at spjalli konungs hafi allt þat, es œskir sér, giptudrjúgr, af guði sjǫlfum, ok njóti unaðs allan aldr.

Now I ask Christ that the confidant of the king should have all that which he wishes for himself, the one of lasting good luck, from God himself, and that he should enjoy bliss all his life.

Mss: Flat(144vb)

Readings: [4] es (‘er’): ‘er hann’ Flat

Editions: Skj AI, 589, Skj BI, 590, Skald I, 288; Flat 1860-8, II, 528.

Notes: [2] spjalli konungs ‘the confidant of the king’: Jón Loptsson was in Norway in 1163, and, according to MErlHkr (ÍF 28, 395), King Magnús Erlingsson acknowledged their kinship. Jón returned to Iceland the following year, but he may have been present at Magnús’s coronation in 1164 (see Hungrv 1953, 28).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Flat 1860-8 = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and C. R. Unger, eds. 1860-8. Flateyjarbók. En samling af norske konge-sagaer med indskudte mindre fortællinger om begivenheder i og udenfor Norge samt annaler. 3 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  4. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  5. Hungrv 1953. In Byskupa sögur 1953, I, 1-31.

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