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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Hardr 1II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, 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, pp. 261-2.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonHaraldsdrápa

text and translation

Rauð, en rýrt varð síðan
— rann eldr of sjǫt manna —
frána egg á Fjóni,
Fjónbyggva lið, tyggi.

Tyggi rauð frána egg á Fjóni, en lið Fjónbyggva varð síðan rýrt; eldr rann of sjǫt manna.
‘The sovereign [Haraldr] reddened his bright blade in Fyn, and the troop of Fyn-dwellers was then diminished; flame ran through settlements of men.

notes and context

Haraldr Sigurðarson and his lieutenant Kálfr Árnason are harrying in Denmark. Anchored off Fyn (Fjón), the king sends Kálfr ashore on a disastrous expedition in which he and other Norwegians are slain. When Haraldr discovers this he takes terrible revenge by plundering and killing, as Arnórr says.

See also Hharð Lv 8.



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: Arnórr Þórðarson jarlaskáld, 6. Erfidrápa om kong Harald hårdråde 1: AI, 349, BI, 322, Skald I, 163, NN §958; Hkr 1893-1901, III, 147, ÍF 28, 133-4, Hkr 1991, 645 (HSig ch. 52), F 1871, 223-4, E 1916, 68; Fms 6, 294 (HSig ch. 70), 12, 153; Whaley 1998, 268-9.


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