Valgarðr á Velli (Valg)
11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;
Poem about Haraldr harðráði (Har) - 11
Nothing is known about Valgarðr (Valg), but his nickname (á Velli ‘at Völlur’) indicates that he could have belonged to the family of Mǫrðr Valgarðsson from Völlur (Rangársýsla) in southern Iceland (see Brennu-Njáls saga, ÍF 12, passim; SnE 1848-87, III, 605-6; LH 1894-1901, I, 637-8). Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275) lists him among Haraldr Sigurðarson’s court poets.
Poem about Haraldr harðráði —
Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Valgarðr á Velli, 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. 300-10.
Skj: Valgarðr á Velli: Et digt om Harald hårdråde (AI, 390-3, BI, 360-3)
SkP info: II, 303
4 — Valg Har 4II
Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 4’ 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. 303.
context: After escaping from his incarceration in Constantinople,
Haraldr joined the uprising against the Byzantine emperor Michael V Kalaphates
(on 20-1 April 1042). Accompanied by his men, he broke into the emperor’s
palace and ordered some of the Varangians guarding the emperor to be killed.
notes: For these events, see also ÞjóðA Sex 7-8, ÞSkegg Hardr and Sigfús Blöndal 1978, 94-5. Sigfús Blöndal (1978, 94) believes that the hanging took place after the blinding of Emperor Michael on 21 April, and that Haraldr had been ordered to punish those Varangians who had remained loyal to the emperor.
texts: ‹Fsk 190›
editions: Skj Valgarðr á Velli: Et digt om Harald hårdråde 4 (AI, 391; BI, 361); Skald I, 180; ÍF 29, 236 (ch. 51).