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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bǫlv Hardr 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bǫlverkr Arnórsson, Drápa about Haraldr harðráði 2’ 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. 288-9.

Bǫlverkr ArnórssonDrápa about Haraldr harðráði

text and translation

Hart kníði svǫl svartan
snekkju brand fyr landi
skúr, en skrautla bôru
skeiðr brynjaðar reiði.
Mætr hilmir sá malma
Miklagarðs fyr barði;
mǫrg skriðu beit at borgar
barmfǫgr hôum armi.

Svǫl skúr kníði svartan brand snekkju hart fyr landi, en brynjaðar skeiðr bôru skrautla reiði. Mætr hilmir sá malma Miklagarðs fyr barði; mǫrg barmfǫgr beit skriðu at hôum armi borgar.
‘The cool rain-shower drove the black prow of the warship strongly forward along the coast, and the armoured warships proudly bore their tackle. The glorious monarch saw metal-roofed Constantinople before the bow; many rim-fair ships advanced toward the tall rampart of the city.

notes and context

Haraldr sailed into Constantinople.



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: Bǫlverkr Arnórsson, Drape om Harald hårdråde 2: AI, 385, BI, 355, Skald I, 178, NN §§806, 1078, 2035; ÍF 28, 71 (HSig ch. 2), F 1871, 193, E 1916, 34; Fms 6, 134 (HSig ch. 3); Flat 1860-8, III, 290, Mork 1928-32, 59, Andersson and Gade 2000, 132, 472 (MH).


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