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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Grani skáld (Grani)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Poem about Haraldr harðráði (Har) - 2

Skj info: Grani skáld, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 387, BI, 357).

Skj poems:
Digt om Harald hårdråde

Grani (Grani) is unknown, and it is uncertain whether he was from Iceland or from Norway. Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275) lists him among the poets of Haraldr Sigurðarson (‘Grani skáld’).

Poem about Haraldr harðráði — Grani HarII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Grani skáld, Poem about Haraldr harðráði’ 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. 296-9.

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Skj: Grani skáld: Digt om Harald hårdråde (AI, 387, BI, 357); stanzas (if different): 3

in texts: Flat, Fsk, H-Hr, Hkr, HSig, MH, Mork, Skm, SnE

SkP info: II, 296-9

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These two sts about Haraldr harðráði’s campaign in Denmark (Grani Har) are attributed to Grani (‘Grani skáld’) in all the prose texts. Nothing else remains of Grani’s poetic oeuvre except a couplet in SnE. Although earlier eds assign this to the poem about Haraldr, it is too incomplete to support that attribution (but see Fidjestøl 1982, 143), and it has been edited separately in SkP III (see Grani FragIII). Both sts from Har are transmitted in Mork (Mork) and H, Hr (H-Hr). Stanza 1 is also recorded in mss , 39, F, E, J2ˣ of Hkr and in FskAˣ (Fsk). Lines from st. 2 are found in mss R (ll. 1-2), (ll. 1-2), U (ll. 1-2), A (ll. 1-4), B (ll. 1-4) and C (ll. 1-2) of SnE (Skm). Because both sts are transmitted in Mork, it has been chosen as the main ms. The H-Hr text of st. 1 follows Hkr rather than Mork.
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