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2. Sturla Þórðarson, 2. Hákonarkviða, 38 [Vol. 2, 726-7]

[3] ógnstórr gramr Svía ‘the awe-inspiring lord of the Swedes [SWEDISH RULER = Birgir]’: Taken here to refer to Jarl Birgir Magnússon. Skj B gives the translation den kampmæktige Svea-konge ‘the pugnacious king of the Swedes’ (i.e. Eiríkr Eiríksson). However, Eiríkr was not present at this meeting, and Birgir was leading the negotiations on his behalf. Eiríkr Eiríksson ruled Sweden 1222-9 and 1234-50. Birgir Magnússon (d. 1266) was married to Ingibjǫrg, Eiríkr’s sister, and he was the father of Valdimarr who succeeded Eiríkr to the Swed. throne.


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