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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (HSig) 5II

Kari Ellen Gade and Diana Whaley (eds) 2009, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Lausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar 5’ 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. 818-19.

Anonymous LausavísurLausavísur from Haralds saga Sigurðarsonar


This couplet, Anon (HSig) 5, is recorded in mss , F, E, J2ˣ of Hkr, as well as in H and Hr (H-Hr). is the main ms. The metre corresponds to inn skammi háttr ‘the short verse-form’ (SnSt Ht 72III; SnE 1999, 31) without internal rhyme in l. 2.

text and translation

Skrapp ór hǫndum
Haraldr Dǫnum.

Haraldr skrapp ór hǫndum Dǫnum.
‘Haraldr slipped out of the hands of the Danes.

notes and context

One summer (c. 1061) Haraldr harðráði harries in Denmark with a small fleet when Sveinn Úlfsson comes upon him unawares. Haraldr escapes by pulling his ships across the land between Limfjorden and the North Sea in Jylland (Jutland).

For pulling or dragging ships across land from one body of water to another, see Note to Sturl Hrafn 13/1-4. See also ÍF 28, 140 n. 1 for a discussion of this particular episode.


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: Anonyme digte om historiske personer og begivenheder [XI], [7]. Lausavísur 10: AI, 426, BI, 396, Skald I, 196; ÍF 28, 140 (HSig ch. 58), F 1871, 225, E 1916, 72; Fms 6, 297 (HSig ch. 71).


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