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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Hardr 7II

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, Haraldsdrápa 7’ 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. 268.

Arnórr jarlaskáld ÞórðarsonHaraldsdrápa

text and translation

Þung rauð jôrn á Englum
eirlaust, né kømr meira,
vísi vel nær Úsu,
valfall of her snjallan.

Vísi rauð þung jôrn eirlaust á Englum vel nær Úsu, né kømr meira valfall of snjallan her.
‘The leader reddened weighty iron blades ruthlessly on the English hard by the Ouse, and never will greater slaughter come upon a bold host.

notes and context

In Mork and Flat, sts 7, 8 and 9 are cited as supplementary authorities after the saga account of the battle by the Ouse. In H-Hr, the slaughter of the English is still in progress. Once Earl Waltheof (Valþjófr) has fled, Haraldr and his men encircle Morcere’s (Mǫrukári’s) division from the rear and the English fall in their hundreds.

The st. is attributed to ‘Steinn’ (Herdísarson) in Hr. — On the battle by the Ouse (at Fulford, near York), see Steinn Óldr 1-3 and Anon Harst, Schofield 1966, especially p. 692, and Jones 2007.


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 9: AI, 351, BI, 323, Skald I, 163, NN §806; Mork 1928-32, 269, Andersson and Gade 2000, 266, 481 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 391 (MH); Fms 6, 407 (HSig ch. 115), Fms 12, 164; Whaley 1998, 279-81. 


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