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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Hardr 14II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Haraldsdrápa 14’ 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, p. 276.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonHaraldsdrápa

text and translation

Vítt fór vǫlsungs heiti;
varð marglofaðr harða,
sás skaut ór Nið nýtla
norðan herskips borði.

Heiti vǫlsungs fór vítt; varð harða marglofaðr, sás skaut nýtla borði herskips norðan ór Nið.
‘The [great] name of the sovereign went far and wide; he was most highly praised, who launched skilfully the warship’s plank from the north out of Nidelven.

notes and context

Stanzas 14, 15 and 16 are quoted as an appendix to the account of the battle of Stamford Bridge, although they do not expressly describe the fighting.

The introduction ascribes Arnórr’s poetry about Haraldr’s last battle to the erfidrápa ‘memorial drápa’ he composed about him (Flat has Arni for Arnórr). — [3-4]: The reference to sailing out from Nidelven (the river Nið) may be intended specifically to recall Haraldr’s building and launching of a new warship there c. 1062, before the battle at the Nissan (Niz), as celebrated in ÞjóðA Har 1-4.



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 16: AI, 352, BI, 325, Skald I, 164; Mork 1928-32, 281, Andersson and Gade 2000, 274, 482 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 397 (MH); Fms 6, 422 (HSig ch. 119), Fms 12, 166; Whaley 1998, 294-5.


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