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Anon Nkt 63II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Anonymous Poems, Nóregs konungatal 63’ 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, pp. 799-800.

Anonymous PoemsNóregs konungatal

Vas sókndjarfr
sonr Kristínar
sjautján vetr
ok sex konungr,
unz ágætr
austr í Sogni
frœkinn gram*
felldi Sverrir.

{Sókndjarfr sonr Kristínar} vas konungr sjautján vetr ok sex, unz ágætr Sverrir felldi frœkinn gram* austr í Sogni.

{The battle-brave son of Kristín} [= Magnús] was king for seventeen years and six, until renowned Sverrir killed the bold ruler east in Sogn.

Mss: Flat(144vb)

Readings: [2] sonr: son Flat    [4] ok sex: í samt Flat    [6] austr: aust Flat    [7] gram*: gramr Flat

Editions: Skj AI, 588, Skj BI, 587, Skald I, 286; Flat 1860-8, II, 527.

Notes: [All]: Magnús Erlingsson fell at the battle of Fimreite, Sogn, against Sverrir Sigurðarson on 15 June 1184. See ÍF 30, 135-54. — [2] sonr ‘son’: For this emendation, see Note to st. 16/9 above. — [4] ok sex ‘and six’: The ms. reading (í samt ‘altogether’) is corrupt because Magnús Erlingsson ruled Norway for twenty-three years (1161-84). It could be that the scribe misread the abbreviation for ok ‘and’ as <i> and then tried to make sense of the l. The emendation is in keeping with earlier eds. — [7] frœkinn (m. acc. sg.) ‘bold’: For this form, see Note to st. 58/3. — [7] gram* ‘ruler’: The emendation to gram (m. acc. sg.) ‘ruler’ is necessary because the noun is the object of the cl.


  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 30 = Sverris saga. Ed. Þorleifur Hauksson. 2007.

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