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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bǫlverkr Arnórsson (Bǫlv)

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

Drápa about Haraldr harðráði (Hardr) - 8

Skj info: Bǫlverkr Arnórsson, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 385-7, BI, 355-7).

Skj poems:
Drape om Harald hårdråde

Nothing is known about Bǫlverkr except that, according to Fsk (ÍF 29, 245) and Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275), he was the brother of the skald Þjóðólfr Arnórsson (ÞjóðA). See also Finnur Jónsson in SnE 1848-87, III, 590-1.

Drápa about Haraldr harðráði — Bǫlv HardrII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ Bǫlverkr Arnórsson, Drápa 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. 286-93. <> (accessed 27 May 2022)

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Skj: Bǫlverkr Arnórsson: Drape om Harald hårdråde (AI, 385-7, BI, 355-7)

SkP info: II, 286-8

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

1 — Bǫlv Hardr 1II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bǫlverkr Arnórsson, Drápa about Haraldr harðráði 1’ 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. 286-8.

Mildingr, straukt of mækis
munn, es lézt af gunni;
holds vannt hrafn of fylldan
hrás; þaut vargr í ási.
En, gramr — né frák fremra
friðskerði þér verða —
austr vast ár it næsta,
ǫrðuglyndr, í Gǫrðum.

Mildingr, straukt of munn mækis, es lézt af gunni; vannt of fylldan hrafn hrás holds; vargr þaut í ási. En, ǫrðuglyndr gramr, it næsta ár vast austr í Gǫrðum; né frák {friðskerði} verða fremra þér.

Generous one, you wiped the sword’s mouth when you had finished the fight; you filled the raven with raw flesh; the wolf howled on the hill. And, resolute ruler, the following year you were east in Russia; I never heard of {a peace-diminisher} [WARRIOR] becoming more distinguished than you.

texts: Flat 1015, Fsk 181, H-Hr 79, HSig 3 (III 78), MH 46, ÓH 168 (164), Hkr 457 (III 78)

editions: Skj Bǫlverkr Arnórsson: Drape om Harald hårdråde 1 (AI, 385; BI, 355); Skald I, 178; ÍF 28, 69-70 (HSig ch. 2), F 1871, 193, E 1916, 34; ÓH 1941, I, 581 (ch. 232); ÍF 29, 227 (ch. 51); Fms 6, 131-2 (HSig ch. 2); Flat 1860-8, III, 289, Mork 1928-32, 58, Andersson and Gade 2000, 131, 471 (MH).


AM 63 folx (Kx) 521v, 10 - 521v, 17 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 18vb, 3 - 18vb, 3 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 42ra, 7 - 42ra, 10 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 10r, 12 - 10r, 14 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 257r, 31 - 257v, 5 (Hkr)  image  
Holm perg 2 4° (Holm2) 69r, 11 - 69r, 13 (ÓH)  image  
Thott 972 folx (972x*) 538va, 6 - 538va, 13 (ÓH)  image  image  
Thott 972 folx (972x*) 538vb - 538vb (ÓH)  image  image  
AM 321 4°x (321x) 260, 17 - 260, 21 (ÓH)  transcr.  image  
AM 73 a folx (73ax) 203v, 27 - 203v, 27 (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 4 4° (Holm4) 64vb, 2 - 64vb, 7 (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 VII 4° (325VII) 39r, 4 - 39r, 5 [1-1] (ÓH)  image  
AM 325 V 4° (325V) 82rb, 17 - 82rb, 23 (ÓH)  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 126rb, 34 - 126rb, 34 (ÓH)  image  image  
GKS 1008 fol (Tóm) 156v - 156v (ÓH)  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 199vb - 199vb (ÓH)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 60r - 60r (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 226, 11 - 226, 18 (Fsk)  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 21r, 18 - 21r, 18 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 16ra, 32 - 16ra, 32 (H-Hr)  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 192rb, 59 - 192rb, 61 (Flat)  image  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 54r, 32 - 54v, 5 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 83v, 13 - 83v, 17 (Fsk)  
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