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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Valgarðr á Velli (Valg)

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

Poem about Haraldr harðráði (Har) - 11

Skj info: Valgarðr á Velli, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 390-3, BI, 360-3).

Skj poems:
Et digt om Harald hårdråde

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 — Valg HarII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘ 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. <> (accessed 29 June 2022)

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Skj: Valgarðr á Velli: Et digt om Harald hårdråde (AI, 390-3, BI, 360-3)

SkP info: II, 304-5

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5 — Valg Har 5II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 5’ 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. 304-5.

Skauzt und farm inn frízta
— frami veitisk þér — beiti;
farðir goll ór Gǫrðum
grunlaust, Haraldr, austan.
Stýrðir hvatt í hǫrðu,
hugdyggr jǫfurr, glyggvi,
— sátt, þás sædrif létti,
Sigtún — en skip hnigðu.

Skauzt beiti und inn frízta farm; frami veitisk þér; Haraldr, farðir grunlaust goll austan ór Gǫrðum. Hugdyggr jǫfurr, stýrðir hvatt í hǫrðu glyggvi, en skip hnigðu; sátt Sigtún, þás sædrif létti.

You pushed a ship under the most splendid cargo; success is granted you; Haraldr, without a doubt you brought gold west from Russia. Loyal-minded prince, you steered vigorously in the hard storm, and the ships pitched; you sighted Sigtuna when the sea-spray eased.

texts: Fsk 193, H-Hr 104, HSig 15 (III 90), Mork 13, Hkr 469 (III 90)

editions: Skj Valgarðr á Velli: Et digt om Harald hårdråde 5 (AI, 391; BI, 361); Skald I, 180-1, NN §§806, 875, 1144; ÍF 28, 91 (HSig ch. 17), F 1871, 202, E 1916, 44; ÍF 29, 238 (ch. 51); Mork 1867, 16, Mork 1928-32, 87-8, Andersson and Gade 2000, 150, 473 (MH); Fms 6, 172 (HSig ch. 17).


AM 63 folx (Kx) 531v, 22 - 531v, 29 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 21ra, 27 - 21ra, 27 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 43vb, 29 - 43vb, 32 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 13r, 7 - 13r, 8 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 263v, 14 - 263v, 21 (Hkr)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 243, 9 - 243, 16 (Fsk)  image  
GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 3r, 50 - 3r, 50 (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 28v, 28 - 28v, 28 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 21ra, 33 - 21ra, 33 (H-Hr)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 89v, 9 - 89v, 12 (Fsk)  
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