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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hharð Lv 14II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson, Lausavísur 14’ 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. 55-6.

Haraldr harðráði SigurðarsonLausavísur

text and translation

Krjúpum vér fyr vápna
(valteigs) brǫkun eigi
(svá bauð Hildr) at hjaldri
(haldorð) í bug skjaldar.
Hôtt bað mik, þars mœttusk,
menskorð bera forðum,
Hlakkar íss ok hausar,
hjalmstall í gný malma.

Vér krjúpum eigi í bug skjaldar at hjaldri fyr brǫkun vápna; svá bauð {haldorð Hildr {valteigs}}. {Menskorð} bað mik forðum bera {hjalmstall} hôtt í {gný malma}, þars {íss Hlakkar} ok hausar mœttusk.
‘We [I] do not creep into the hollow of the shield in battle because of the crash of weapons; thus the faithful Hildr <valkyrie> of the falcon-field [ARM > WOMAN] commanded. The necklace-pole [WOMAN] told me earlier to hold the helmet-support [HEAD] high in the clamour of swords [BATTLE] where Hlǫkk’s <valkyrie’s> ice [SWORD] and skulls met.

notes and context

Haraldr recites this st. on the same occasion as Lv 13 above, because he considers the former st. to be inferior (it was composed in fornyrðislag rather than in the prestigious dróttkvætt metre).



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: Haraldr Sigurðarson harðráði, Lausavísur 19: AI, 360-1, BI, 332, Skald I, 167-8, NN §2027; Mork 1867, 118, Mork 1928-32, 276, Andersson and Gade 2000, 271, 481 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 395 (MH); ÍF 29, 284-5 (ch. 68); ÍF 28, 188 (HSig ch. 91), F 1871, 248, E 1916, 97; Fms 6, 416 (HSig ch. 118); Hb 1892-6, 343, Fellows Jensen 1962, 51 (Hem).


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