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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 53II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 53’ 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. 794.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

Nú es heldr,
svát halla tekr,
jǫfra at telja:
hét Magnús
mǫgr Sigurðar
en Haraldr bróðir.

Nú es heldr at telja ævilok jǫfra, svát tekr halla: {heiptargjarn mǫgr Sigurðar} hét Magnús en bróðir Haraldr.

Now I shall indeed recount the deaths of princes, so that it begins to draw to a close: {the vengeance-eager son of Sigurðr} [= Magnús] was called Magnús and the brother Haraldr.

Mss: Flat(144vb)

Editions: Skj AI, 586, Skj BI, 585, Skald I, 285, NN §2121; Flat 1860-8, II, 526.

Notes: [1] heldr ‘indeed’: Skj B construes this adv. with the second cl., but such a syntactic division of the trisyllabic odd l. does not occur elsewhere in kviðuháttr (see NN §2121). — [3] ævilok ‘deaths’: See Note to st. 18/3. — [7] heiptargjarn ‘the vengeance-eager’: See Note to st. 11/3. Magnús could indeed be characterised as ‘vengeance-eager’ because he had been mutilated by Haraldr gilli (see the next st.).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. 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.

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