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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 8II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 8’ 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. 767.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

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Réð þría vetr
Þundar beðju
siklingr snarr
ok sjautøgu,
áðr * lofðung
lífi at ræna
ǫðlings kom

Snarr siklingr réð {beðju Þundar} þría vetr ok sjautøgu, áðr * {einkadóttir ǫðlings} kom at ræna lofðung lífi.
‘The brave lord ruled the bedmate of Þundr <= Óðinn> [= Jǫrð (jǫrð ‘earth’)] for three and seventy years, before the only daughter of the chieftain [Loptr] <= Loki> [= Hel (hel ‘death’)] came to rob the ruler of his life.

notes and context

The reign of Haraldr is given variously as seventy years (so Íslb, ÍF 1, 6; Theodoricus, MHN 6; Ágr, ÍF 29, 6-7) or seventy-three years (so HN, MHN 104; ÓH 1941, 8; HhárfHkr, ÍF 26, 146-7; Fsk, ÍF 29, 74). The latter number includes the three years when Haraldr ruled jointly with his son, Eiríkr blóðøx (see Ólafía Einarsdóttir 1964, 174-7). — [1, 2] réð beðju Þundar ‘ruled the bedmate of Þundr <= Óðinn> [= Jǫrð (jǫrð ‘earth’)]’: For the imagery of a ruler taking or governing the land (represented by a kenning for the earth conceived of as a woman), see sts 17, 23 and 42 below. See also Hfr HákdrIII, Notes to ÞjóðA Sex 3/3 and 3/6 and Frank 1978, 63-5.



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 9: AI, 580, BI, 576, Skald I, 279, NN §§2119, 2272, 3396V; Flat 1860-8, II, 521.


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