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Runhent poem about Haraldr — ÞjóðA RunII

Þjóðólfr Arnórsson

Diana Whaley 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Runhent poem about Haraldr’ 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. 103-7.

 

Eitt hǫfðusk at,
Eilífr þars sat,
hǫfðingjar tveir;
hamalt fylkðu þeir.
Austr-Vinðum ók
í ǫngvan krók;
vasa Læsum léttr
liðsmanna réttr.
 
‘Two chieftains engaged in a single action, where Eilífr held sway; they lined up their troops in wedge formation. The East Wends were driven into a tight corner; the terms of the liegemen were not easy on the Læsir.
Eykr Ôleifs feðr
Járnsǫxu veðr
harðræði hvert,
svát hróðrs es vert.
 
‘His gale of Járnsaxa <giantess> [MIND] increases every tough exploit for Óláfr’s father [= Haraldr], so that it is worthy of praise poetry.
Jarizleifr of sá,
hvert jǫfri brá;
hófsk hlýri frams
ins helga grams.
 
‘Jaroslav saw in what direction the prince developed; the brother of the holy, outstanding king [= Óláfr > = Haraldr] distinguished himself.
Andaðr es sá,
es of alla brá,
haukstalda konr
Haralds bróðursonr.
 
‘The descendant of princes [RULER = Magnús], who surpassed all, has died, the brother’s son of Haraldr [= Magnús].
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