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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hskv Hardr 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Haraldsdrápa 1’ 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. 493.

Halldórr skvaldriHaraldsdrápa

text and translation

Magnús fekk þar miklu
— margs gengis naut — lengri
— valr nam vǫll at hylja
varmr — fylkingararma.

Þar fekk Magnús miklu lengri fylkingararma; naut margs gengis; varmr valr nam at hylja vǫll.
‘There Magnús got much more extended ranks of troops; he enjoyed the advantage of a large following; warm carrion began to cover the field.

notes and context

The helmingr describes the battle of Färlev.

According to Hkr (ÍF 28, 280-1), Magnús’s army numbered 7,200 men, whereas Haraldr only had 1,800 warriors. Magnús marshalled his troops so that the wings of his army surrounded the forces of Haraldr.



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: Haldórr skvaldri, 3. Haraldsdrápa 1: AI, 488, BI, 460, Skald I, 226; ÍF 28, 281 (MbHg ch. 2), Andersson and Gade 2000, 360-1, F 1871, 310, E 1916, 166; Fms 7, 178 (MbHg ch. 4).


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