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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 56II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 56’ 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. 796.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

Frák, landvǫrn
ept liðinn ræsi
Sygna grams
at synir tœki.
Vas Eysteinn
Inga bróðir
sóknar snarr
en Sigurðr annarr.

Frák, at synir {grams Sygna} tœki landvǫrn ept liðinn ræsi. Eysteinn, snarr sóknar, vas bróðir Inga en Sigurðr annarr.

I heard that the sons {of the lord of the Sygnir} [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr gilli] took over the defence of the land after the death of the ruler. Eysteinn, swift in battle, was a brother of Ingi and Sigurðr another.

Mss: Flat(144vb)

Editions: Skj AI, 587, Skj BI, 586, Skald I, 285; Flat 1860-8, II, 526.

Notes: [All]: Ingi was the son of Haraldr and Ingiríðr Rǫgnvaldsdóttir, and Sigurðr’s mother was Þóra Guthormsdóttir. Haraldr had sired Eysteinn in Scotland with a woman named as Bjaðǫk, before he came to Norway. See HsonaHkr (ÍF 28, 321, and Genealogy II.4).


  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.

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