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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 26 May 2022)

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

SkP info: II, 293

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8 — Bǫlv Hardr 8II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bǫlverkr Arnórsson, Drápa about Haraldr harðráði 8’ 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, p. 293.

Leiðangr bjótt af láði
— lǫgr gekk of skip — fǫgru
— gjalfrstóðum reist grœði
glæstum — ár it næsta.
Skokkr lá dýrr á døkkri
(Danir vôru þá) bôru
— skeiðr sá herr fyr hauðri
hlaðnar — (illa staðnir).

Bjótt leiðangr af fǫgru láði it næsta ár; lǫgr gekk of skip; reist grœði {glæstum gjalfrstóðum}. Dýrr skokkr lá á døkkri bôru; herr sá hlaðnar skeiðr fyr hauðri; þá vôru Danir illa staðnir.

You fitted out a fleet from the fair land the next year; the sea went over the ships; you carved the ocean {with the splendid surge-steeds} [SHIPS]. The precious bottom-board rested on the dark wave; people saw loaded warships off the shore; then the Danes were in a bad situation.

texts: Flat 1040, Fsk 203, H-Hr 128, HSig 27 (III 102), MH 71, Mork 31, Skm 357 [1-4], Hkr 481 (III 102), SnE 359 [1-4]

editions: Skj Bǫlverkr Arnórsson: Drape om Harald hårdråde 8 (AI, 386-7; BI, 356-7); Skald I, 179, NN §§1793, 1793C, 3396Q; ÍF 28, 109-10 (HSig ch. 32), F 1871, 211, E 1916, 54; ÍF 29, 251 (ch. 55); Mork 1867, 51, Mork 1928-32, 156, Andersson and Gade 2000, 195, 475 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 335 (MH); Fms 6, 252 (HSig ch. 47); SnE 1848-87, I, 498-9, II, 450, 599, SnE 1931, 175, SnE 1998, I, 94.


AM 63 folx (Kx) 541r, 19 - 541r, 26 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 23rb, 30 - 23rb, 30 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 45va, 27 - 45va, 30 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 15v, 22 - 15v, 24 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 269v, 9 - 269v, 16 (Hkr)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 261, 23 - 262, 6 (Fsk)  image  
GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 8v, 39 - 8v, 39 (Mork)  image  image  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 197va - 197va (Flat)  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 44r, 21 - 44r, 21 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 31vb, 12 - 31vb, 12 (H-Hr)  image  
GKS 2367 4° (R) 38r, 30 - 38r, 31 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 40r, 5 - 40r, 5 (SnE)  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 13r, 26 - 13r, 27 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 748 II 4° (C) 7v, 8 - 7v, 9 (SnE)  image  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 96v, 17 - 96v, 21 (Fsk)  
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