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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 8 December 2021)

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

SkP info: II, 305-6

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6 — Valg Har 6II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 6’ 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. 305-6.

Eik slǫng und þér, yngvi
ógnblíðr, í haf síðan
— rétt vas yðr of ætlat
óðal — frá Svíþjóðu.
Hýnd bar rif, þars rennduð
rétt á stag fyr slétta,
skeið, en skelkðuð brúðir,
Skáney, Dǫnum nánar.


Then the oak-ship sped beneath you into the ocean away from Sweden, battle-rejoicing lord; lawful inheritance awaited you. The warship carried a sail hoisted high where you scudded straight ahead past flat Skåne, and you scared women closely related to the Danes.

context: According to Mork, Fsk and Flat, Haraldr travelled from Sweden to Denmark to meet his nephew, Magnús Óláfsson. Hkr and H-Hr state that Haraldr joined forces with Magnús’s enemy, Sveinn Úlfsson, and accompanied him on an expedition to Denmark (see sts 7-9 below).

texts: Flat 1024, Fsk 194, H-Hr 106, HSig 17 (III 92), MH 55, Mork 14, Hkr 471 (III 92)

editions: Skj Valgarðr á Velli: Et digt om Harald hårdråde 6 (AI, 391-2; BI, 361); Skald I, 181; ÍF 28, 92-3 (HSig ch. 19), F 1871, 203, E 1916, 45; ÍF 29, 239 (ch. 51); Mork 1867, 17, Mork 1928-32, 88, Andersson and Gade 2000, 150-1, 473 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 306 (MH); Fms 6, 174 (HSig ch. 17).


AM 63 folx (Kx) 532r, 26 - 532v, 3 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 21rb, 9 - 21rb, 9 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 44ra, 5 - 44ra, 7 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 13r, 17 - 13r, 19 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 264r, 11 - 264r, 18 (Hkr)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 64v - 64v (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 244, 9 - 244, 16 (Fsk)  image  
GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 3r, 57 - 3r, 57 (Mork)  image  image  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 194rb - 194rb (Flat)  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 29r, 7 - 29r, 7 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 21rb, 14 - 21rb, 14 (H-Hr)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 58v, 13 - 58v, 20 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 90r, 1 - 90r, 4 (Fsk)  
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