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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hharð Gamv 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson, Gamanvísur 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. 36-7.

Haraldr harðráði SigurðarsonGamanvísur

text and translation

Sneið fyr Sikiley víða
súð; vôrum þá prúðir;
brýnt skreið vel til vánar
vengis hjǫrtr und drengjum.
Vættik miðr, at motti
myni enn þinig nenna;
þó lætr Gerðr í Gǫrðum
gollhrings við mér skolla.

Súð sneið fyr víða Sikiley; vôrum þá prúðir; {hjǫrtr vengis} skreið brýnt und drengjum, vel til vánar. Vættik miðr, at motti myni enn nenna þinig; þó lætr {Gerðr gollhrings} í Gǫrðum skolla við mér.
‘The ship sliced [the sea] before broad Sicily; we were proud then; the stag of the cabin [SHIP] glided swiftly beneath the men entirely as expected. I hardly think that a sluggard will ever head there; yet the Gerðr <goddess> of the gold ring [WOMAN] in Russia ridicules me.

notes and context

In SnE and LaufE the first helmingr illustrates one of a range of kennings for ‘ship’ (vengis hjǫrtr ‘stag of the cabin’).

For Haraldr’s campaigns in and around Sicily, see also ÞjóðA Sex 2, Bǫlv Hardr 4 and Valg Har 1. He participated in an expedition sent by the Byzantine emperor 1038-40 to reconquer Sicily from the Saracens (see ÍF 28, 81-2 n. 1; Sigfús Blöndal 1978, 65-71). — [5-8]: Duplicated as st. 3/5-8 below.



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.

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