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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
789

text and translation

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

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.

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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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