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Halldórr skvaldri (Hskv)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

3. Haraldsdrápa (Hardr) - 5

Halldórr skvaldri (Hskv) is otherwise unknown. True to his nickname, skvaldri ‘Prattler’, Halldórr is said to have composed about numerous rulers and noblemen, but little of that poetry has been preserved. According to Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 252, 254-5, 258, 260, 262-3, 267, 272, 276-7, 283), he commemorated the following persons: Sóni Ívarsson, jarl of Götaland (c. 1100), King Magnús berfœttr ‘Barelegs’ Óláfsson of Norway (d. 1103) and his sons, King Sigurðr jórsalafari ‘Jerusalem-farer’ (d. 1130) and King Haraldr gilli(-kristr) ‘Servant (of Christ)’ (d. 1136), King Eiríkr eymuni ‘the Long-remembered’ of Denmark (d. 1137), the Swed. jarl Karl Sónason (c. 1140), King Sørkvir Kolsson of Sweden (c. 1150), King Ingi Haraldsson of Norway (d. 1161) and the Swed. jarl Jón Sørkvisson. See SnE 1848-87, III, 367-70. What survives of Halldórr’s poetic oeuvre are two poems about Sigurðr jórsalafari (Hskv Útkv, 1 st.; Hskv Útdr, 12 sts) one poem about Haraldr gilli (Hskv Hardr, 5 sts), and a fragment of an encomium (Hskv FragIII), which has been edited in SkP III.

Haraldsdrápa (‘Drápa about Haraldr’) — Hskv HardrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Halldórr skvaldri, Haraldsdrápa’ 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. 493-6. <https://skaldic.org/m.php?p=text&i=1272> (accessed 26 January 2022)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5 

Skj: Haldórr skvaldri: 3. Haraldsdrápa, O. 1137 (AI, 488-9, BI, 460-1)

in texts: Fris, Fsk, H-Hr, Hkr, MbHg, Mork

SkP info: II, 493-6

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files

 

1 Magnús fekk þar miklu
— margs gengis naut — lengri
— valr nam vǫll at hylja
varmr — fylkingararma.
There Magnús got much more extended ranks of troops; he enjoyed the advantage of a large following; warm carrion began to cover the field.
2 Harðéla, lézt, herðir
Haddings, á jó tradda
— glaðr tók gramr við hauðri —
grund til Eireks fundar.
Fekk, sás fremstr vas miklu,
fljótmæltr konungr Jóta
— réð Hollseta hræðir —
hraust gengi þér drengja.
Strengthener of the strong storms of Haddingr <legendary king> [BATTLE > WARRIOR], you traversed the ground on horseback to the meeting with Eiríkr; the cheerful ruler [= Magnús] received the land. The eloquent king of the Jótar [DANISH KING = Eiríkr], who was outstanding indeed, gave you a valiant following of warriors; the terrifier of the Holsteiners [= Eiríkr] ruled.
3 Ásbjǫrn varð, sás orðum
illa helt of stilli,
— gramr fœðir val víða
vígs — í Sarp at stíga.
Nereið lét gramr á grimman
grandmeið Sigars fjanda
(húsþinga galt) hengja
(hrannbáls glǫtuðr mála).
Ásbjǫrn, who kept poor control of his words about the ruler, had to plunge into Sarpfossen; the lord feeds the falcon of slaughter [RAVEN/EAGLE] far and wide. The lord had Nereiðr hanged on the grim harm-tree of Sigarr’s <legendary king’s> enemy [= Hagbarðr > GALLOWS]; the destroyer of wave-fire [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] paid for his speeches at the assemblies.
4 Máttit ǫld, þás ótta
ógnfýstr konungr lýsti,
— hljóp fyr hilmis vôpnum
herflótti — bý verja.
People could not defend the town when the battle-inflamed king [= Magnús] showed fear; the fleeing army ran before the ruler’s weapons.
5 Nús, auðsendir, undir
allr Nóregr þik fallinn;
þín liggr gipt á grœnu
— goðs ráð es þat — láði.
Wealth-dispenser [GENEROUS MAN], now all Norway has submitted to you; your good luck is destined for the green land; that is God’s will.
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