Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Valgarðr á Velli, 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. 300-10.
The eleven sts and helmingar below are attributed to Valgarðr in all sources. They belong to a poem about Haraldr harðráði (Valg Har) and the extant portions commemorate Haraldr’s military exploits in Byzantium (sts 1-4), his return from Russia to Scandinavia (st. 5), his harrying in Denmark with Sveinn Úlfsson (st. 6-9) and his subsequent return to Norway (sts 10-11). Stanzas 2-3, which are recorded only in SnE, do not contain specific information that allows for an attribution to Har, but because they describe the destruction of a stronghold by fire, it is likely that they commemorate Haraldr’s campaigns in the Mediterranean (see Fidjestøl 1982, 42, 144, 173). The sequence of sts presents no problem and follows the order of events described in the prose texts.
Stanzas 1-3 are transmitted in mss R, Tˣ, U, A, B and C of SnE (Skm). Stanza 4 is recorded in Fsk (FskBˣ, FskAˣ), and sts 5-11 are found in Mork (Mork), H-Hr (H, Hr) and Fsk (FskBˣ, FskAˣ). Mss Kˣ, 39, F, E, J2ˣ of Hkr contain sts 5-9, and Flat (Flat) has sts 6, 10-11. Stanza 11/1-4 is also recorded in mss R, Tˣ, A, B, C of SnE (Skm). Because B is difficult to read, AM 744 4°ˣ (744ˣ), an early C18th copy of B by Jón Ólafsson, has been consulted selectively for sts 1-3, 11.
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