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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Hardr 6II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Haraldsdrápa 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, p. 267.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonHaraldsdrápa

text and translation

Eymðit ráð við Rauma
reiðr Eydana meiðir;
heit dvínuðu Heina;
hyrr gerði þá kyrra.

{Reiðr meiðir Eydana} eymðit ráð við Rauma; heit Heina dvínuðu; hyrr gerði þá kyrra.
‘The wrathful harmer of Island-Danes [= Haraldr] did not soften his treatment of the Raumar; the threats of the Heinir fell away; fire made them quiet.

notes and context

Snorri quotes the helmingr in SnE (Skm)to exemplify the use of hyrr as a poetic appellation for ‘fire’.

The st. clearly refers to the ravaging of Opplandene (the Upplǫnd districts) depicted in st. 5 and its Context. Cf. also ÞjóðA Sex 21, which depicts this phase and may also refer in a kenning to Haraldr’s enmity against the ‘Island-Danes’. — The B text is so damaged that to note the many illegible places would be unhelpful, and it is chiefly represented here by the transcript in 744ˣ.



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: Arnórr Þórðarson jarlaskáld, 6. Erfidrápa om kong Harald hårdråde 8: AI, 350-1, BI, 323, Skald I, 163; SnE 1848-87, I, 508-9, II, 355, 454, 537, 603, SnE 1931, 178, SnE 1998, I, 98; Whaley 1998, 278-9.


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