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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. <> (accessed 26 January 2022)

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5 

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

SkP info: II, 494

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2 — Hskv Hardr 2II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Haraldsdrápa 2’ 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. 494.

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.

{Herðir {harðéla Haddings}}, lézt grund tradda á jó til fundar Eireks; glaðr gramr tók við hauðri. {Fljótmæltr konungr Jóta}, sás vas miklu fremstr, fekk þér hraust gengi drengja; {hræðir Hollseta} réð.

{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.

Mss: F(67rb)

Readings: [7] Hollseta: Hollsetu F

Editions: Skj: Haldórr skvaldri, 3. Haraldsdrápa 2: AI, 489, BI, 460-1, Skald I, 226; F 1871, 311 (MbHg).

Context: After the Battle of Färlev (see st. 1 above), Magnús ruled Norway and Haraldr fled to King Eiríkr eymuni Eiríksson of Denmark (d. 1137).

Notes: [4] Eireks ‘Eiríkr’: Eiríkr eymuni Eiríksson (r. 1134-7) was the illegitimate son of Eiríkr Sveinsson of Denmark (see Mark Eirdr). — [7] Hollseta ‘of the Holsteiners’: This is the gen. pl. of Hollsetar ‘the Holsteiners’ i.e. the people of Holstein (Hollsetaland or Holtsetaland). According to Adam of Bremen (ed. Schmeidler 1917, 72), these people received their name from the forests near which they lived: Holcetae, dicti a silvis, quas accolunt (cf. ON holt ‘forest’). Hollsetu (so F) must be a scribal error. Holstein is a state in present-day North Germany.

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