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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Poem about Haraldr hárfagri — Þjóð HarI

Þjóðólfr ór Hvini

R. D. Fulk 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Poem about Haraldr hárfagri’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 60.


Margir gerðu         milding snaran
hraustir menn         heim at sœkja;
eigi síðr         ǫðling fylgðu
gamlir menn         ok gerðusk kærir.
‘Many valiant men proceeded to visit the gallant generous one; old men followed the prince no less and made themselves intimate.
Nam minnigr         marga speki
af gǫmlum mǫnnum,         sás goll miðlaði.
Vas ástúðigr         ǫllu folki
Upplanda gramr         af ǫrleik sínum.
‘The one with a good memory who shared out gold acquired much wisdom from old men. The ruler of Opplandene [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr] was beloved of all the people for his munificence.
Gaf gǫrpum sínum         goll it rauða
hilmir hróðigr         ok hringa marga,
brynjur bjartar         ok branda hvassa,
skjǫldu skyggða         ok skrautbúna.
‘The glorious ruler gave his champions red gold and many rings, bright mail-shirts and keen blades, shining and richly-decorated shields.
Leiddisk þá fyr Lúfu         lengr at haldask
hersa drótt         ok hǫfðingjum.
Flýði hverr,         sem fara mátti,
hraustra víkinga         ór Hafrsfirði.
‘The host of hersar and the chieftains grew tired then of holding out longer against Lúfa (‘Shaggy-locks’) [Haraldr]; each of the valiant vikings who could go fled from Hafrsfjorden.
Þá vas lofðungr         Lúfa kallaðr
es í fylkis l...         ...kar óxu.
Ávallt vas kallaðr         með konungs nafni
Haraldr hárfagri         hilmir síðan.
‘The ruler was called Lúfa (‘Shaggy-locks’) when ... grew in the leader’s ... Ever afterwards the prince was called Haraldr hárfagri (‘Fair-hair’), with the title of king.

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