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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300

2. Biographies of Other Dignitaries

a. Erlingr skakki Kyrpinga-Ormsson (KEG)
b. Grégóríus Dagsson (KEG)
c. Jón Loptsson (KEG)
d. Rǫgnvaldr Brúsason (KEG)
e. Rǫgnvaldr Kali Kolsson (KEG)
f. Skúli Bárðarson (KEG)
g. Úlfr stallari Óspaksson (Úlfr) (KEG)
h. Víðkunnr Jónsson (KEG)
i. Waltheof (Valþjófr) of Huntingdon and Northumbria (KEG)
j. Þorfinnr Sigurðarson (KEG)

(Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300 > 8. Introduction > 5. Biographies > 2. Biographies of Other Dignitaries > a. Erlingr skakki Kyrpinga-Ormsson)

a. Erlingr skakki Kyrpinga-Ormsson (KEG)

Sagas: Hsona, Hákherð, MErl (Fsk, H-Hr, Hkr, Mork), Sv, Orkn.

Erlingr skakki ‘the Tilting’ was the father of Magnús Erlingsson and the regent of Norway during his son’s minority. He was the son of Kyrpinga-Ormr ‘Decrepit-Ormr’ Sveinsson, the foster-father of Magnús Haraldsson gilla. His wife was Kristín, the daughter of Sigurðr jórsalafari (see Genealogies II.3 and XII in ÍF 28). Erlingr died at the battle of Kalvskinnet against Sverrir Sigurðarson (19 June 1179). See Mork (Mork 1928-32, 440-1; Andersson and Gade 2000, 389-90), Fsk (ÍF 29, 341-64; Finlay 2004, 275-95), Hkr (ÍF 28, 323-417; Hollander 1991, 751-821), H-Hr (Fms 7, 231-326), Sv (ÍF 1920, 6-67), Orkn (ÍF 34, 193-237; Hermann Pálsson and Edwards 1987, 155-82). See also Knýtl (ÍF 35, 308; Hermann Pálsson and Edwards 1986, 170-1).

Events documented in poetry: Erlingr’s journey to the Mediterranean and Palestine c. 1151-3 (Rv Lv 24-6, 30; Þskakk Erldr 1); the battle of the Götaälv in 1159 (ESk Elfv); the battle of Tønsberg in 1161 (Þskakk Erldr 2; Anon (MErl) 1); Erlingr’s execution of rebels in Viken in 1164 (Þskakk Erldr 3).

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