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Anon Nkt 30II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 30’ 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. 780.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

Reisti her
hilmi á móti
kynjað*r vel
Kalfr ok Þórir.
Þar vas felldr
fylkir Þrœnda,
sem staðir
Stikla heita.

Kalfr, vel kynjað*r, ok Þórir reisti her á móti hilmi. {Fylkir Þrœnda} vas felldr þar, sem heita Stiklastaðir.

Kálfr, of good family, and Þórir raised an army against the ruler. {The lord of the Þrœndir} [NORWEGIAN KING = Óláfr] was killed at the place called Stiklestad.

Mss: Flat(144va)

Readings: [3] kynjað*r: kynjaðir Flat

Editions: Skj AI, 583, Skj BI, 580-1, Skald I, 282; Flat 1860-8, II, 523.

Notes: [All]: Óláfr inn helgi Haraldsson (S. Óláfr) was killed at the battle of Stiklestad, Trøndelag (on 29 July 1030; for this date, see McDougall and McDougall 1998, 88-9 n. 204). Two of the leaders of the opposing army were Kálfr Árnason and Þórir hundr ‘Dog’ Þórisson. Kálfr belonged to the illustrious family of the Arnmœðlingar. See the additions to Fsk (IV. Hér hefr Arnmœðlingatal ‘Here begins the enumeration of the Arnmœðlingar’, ÍF 29, 371-3). Þórir was a member of the Bjarkøy family (Bjarkeyingar; see Genealogy IX in ÍF 28). — [1] reisti (3rd pers. sg. pret. indic.) ‘raised’: The verb is in the sg. with a pl. subject (see Note to st. 25/1 above). — [3] kynjað*r (m. nom. sg.) ‘of good kin’: The Flat reading kynjaðir (m. nom. pl.) ‘of good kin’ creates a hypermetrical l. and has been emended in accordance with most earlier eds.


  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.
  5. ÍF 29 = Ágrip af Nóregskonunga sǫgum; Fagrskinna—Nóregs konungatal. Ed. Bjarni Einarsson. 1985.
  6. McDougall, David and Ian McDougall, trans. 1998. Theodoricus monachus. Historia de antiquitate regum norwagiensium: An Account of the Ancient History of the Norwegian Kings. Viking Society for Northern Research Text Series 11. University College, London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  7. Internal references
  8. Diana Whaley 2012, ‘Fagrskinna (Fsk)’ 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, pp. clix-clxi.
  9. Russell Poole 2012, ‘(Biography of) Óláfr inn helgi Haraldsson’ 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. 515.

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