Poem about Haraldr harðráði — Ill HarIIIllugi bryndœlaskáld
Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Illugi bryndœlaskáld, Poem about Haraldr harðráði’ 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. 282-5.
Vargs vas munr, þats margan
— menskerðir stakk sverði
myrkaurriða markar —
minn dróttinn rak flótta.
‘It was the pleasure of the wolf that my lord put many to flight; the necklace-diminisher [GENEROUS MAN = Sigurðr] pierced the dark trout of the forest [SERPENT = Fáfnir] with the sword.’
Enn helt ulfa brynnir
— eiskaldi gramr beisku
mildr réð orms of eldi —
austrfǫr þaðan gǫrva.
‘Again the thirst-quencher of wolves [WARRIOR] embarked on a well-prepared expedition eastward; the generous ruler moved the bitter heart of the snake across the fire.’
Opt gekk á frið Frakka
— fljótreitt at bý snótar
vasa dǫglingi duglum —
dróttinn minn fyr óttu.
‘Often my lord destroyed the peace of the Normans before dawn; it was not a speedy ride for the capable ruler to the residence of the woman.’
Brauzt und Míkjál mæztan
— môgum heim, sem frôgum,
sonr Buðla bauð sínum —
sunnlǫnd, Haraldr, rǫndu.
‘Haraldr, you subjugated the southern lands with the shield for most esteemed Michael; Buðli’s son [= Atli] invited his brothers-in-law home, as we [I] have heard.’
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