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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. Anonymous Poems, 3. Óláfs drápa Tryggvasonar, 9 [Vol. 1, 1040]

[2] jarl ... af hjarli ‘the jarl ... from [his] territory’: Hákon jarl Sigurðarson, the last fully pagan ruler of Norway, was according to Hkr (ÍF 26, 293-7) driven from his jarldom c. 995, fled to Gaulardalr (Gauldalen), and was murdered while hiding in a pigsty, just as Óláfr was sailing in along Trondheimsfjorden. Hjarl therefore appears to refer to Hákon’s territory rather than the land of Norway; cf. the closely similar HSt Rst 7/5-8 and Note.

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