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Vagn Ákason — VagnI

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Vol. 1, 365 —  — ed. Matthew Townend

Poetry

Biography

Matthew Townend 2012, ‘(Biography of) Vagn Ákason’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 365.

According to Jvs (e.g. Jvs 1962, 18), Vagn (Vagn) was the son of Áki and grandson of Pálna-Tóki, founder of the Jómsvíkingar. He is mentioned in Vígf Hák 1/4 and features prominently in later verse and prose accounts of the famous sea-battle between the Jómsvíkingar and the Norwegian jarls at Hjǫrungavágr (Liavågen, c. 985). He appears to have survived both the battle and the executions that followed it. The following lausavísa is the only poetry attributed to him in any source.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Jvs 1962 = Blake, N. F., ed. and trans. 1962. The Saga of the Jomsvikings. London etc.: Nelson.
  3. Internal references
  4. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Vígfúss Víga-Glúmsson, Poem about Hákon jarl(?) 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 363.

other information

Vagn Ákason (Vagn)

10th century

Skj AI, 185-6; BI, 175

volume 1

main editor: Matthew Townend

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