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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (HSig) 2II

Kari Ellen Gade and Diana Whaley (eds) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar 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, pp. 816-17.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar


For the mss containing this st. (Anon (HSig) 2), see Anon (HSig) 1 above.

text and translation

Brenndr vas upp með endum
allr — en þat má kalla
hraustligt bragð, es hugðak —
Heiðabœr af reiði.
Vôns, at vinnim Sveini
(vask í nótt fyr óttu)
— gaus hár logi ór húsum —
harm (á borgar armi).

Allr Heiðabœr vas brenndr upp með endum af reiði, en þat má kalla hraustligt bragð, es hugðak. Vôns, at vinnim Sveini harm; vask í nótt fyr óttu á armi borgar; hár logi gaus ór húsum.
‘All Hedeby was burned from end to end out of anger, and that one can call a valiant deed, I believe. There is hope that we will do harm to Sveinn; I was on the rampart of the stronghold last night before dawn; high flame burst from the houses.

notes and context

The st. describes Haraldr’s sacking of Hedeby in 1049, and it was recited by Haraldr’s men.

For the devastation of Hedeby, see also Þfagr Sveinn 6.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte om historiske personer og begivenheder [XI], [7]. Lausavísur 7: AI, 426, BI, 396, Skald I, 196; Mork 1867, 56, Mork 1928-32, 164, Andersson and Gade 2000, 200, 476 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 340 (MH); Fms 6, 259 (HSig ch. 51); ÍF 29, 257 (ch. 55); ÍF 28, 114-15 (HSig ch. 34), F 1871, 213, E 1916, 56.


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