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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 25 June 2022)

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

SkP info: II, 306-7

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7 — Valg Har 7II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 7’ 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. 306-7.

Haraldr, gǫrva lézt herjat
— hnyggr andskotum, tyggi —
— hvatt rann vargr at vitja
valfalls — Selund alla.
Gekk á Fjón, en fekkat,
fjǫlmennr konungr, hjǫlmum
— brast ríkula ristin
rít — erfiði lítit.

Haraldr, lézt gǫrva herjat alla Selund; hnyggr andskotum, tyggi; vargr rann hvatt at vitja valfalls. Konungr gekk fjǫlmennr á Fjón, en fekkat hjǫlmum lítit erfiði; ríkula ristin rít brast.

Haraldr, you thoroughly ravaged all Sjælland; you crush your enemies, lord; the wolf ran swiftly to visit the fallen carrion. The king advanced with strong numbers on Fyn and gave helmets no little hardship; the richly engraved shield split.

texts: Fsk 195, H-Hr 107, HSig 18 (III 93), Mork 15, Hkr 472 (III 93)

editions: Skj Valgarðr á Velli: Et digt om Harald hårdråde 7 (AI, 392; BI, 361); Skald I, 181, NN §§806, 2989E; ÍF 28, 93 (HSig ch. 19), F 1871, 203, E 1916, 45; ÍF 29, 240 (ch. 52); Mork 1867, 17-18, Mork 1928-32, 89-90, Andersson and Gade 2000, 151-2, 474 (MH); Fms 6, 175 (HSig ch. 17).


AM 63 folx (Kx) 532v, 8 - 532v, 15 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 21rb, 15 - 21rb, 15 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 44ra, 9 - 44ra, 12 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 13r, 20 - 13r, 22 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 264r, 21 - 264r, 28 (Hkr)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 65r - 65r (Fsk)  image  
AM 303 4°x (FskAx) 246, 2 - 246, 9 (Fsk)  image  
GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 3v, 10 - 3v, 10 (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 29r, 11 - 29r, 11 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 21rb, 19 - 21rb, 19 (H-Hr)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 59r, 11 - 59r, 18 (Fsk)  image  
AM 301 4°x (301x) 90v, 8 - 90v, 12 (Fsk)  
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