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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Bǫlv Hardr 4II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bǫlverkr Arnórsson, Drápa about Haraldr harðráði 4’ 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. 289-90.

Bǫlverkr ArnórssonDrápa about Haraldr harðráði

text and translation

Súð varð, þars blés blóði,
— bǫrð renndusk at jǫrðu —
— vátt drengliga, dróttinn —
dreyrafull við eyri.
Vann und sik fyr sunnan
Sikiley liði miklu
sand, þars sveiti skyndi,
sokkit lík, of skokka.

Súð varð dreyrafull við eyri, þars blés blóði; bǫrð renndusk at jǫrðu; dróttinn, vátt drengliga. Sokkit lík vann und sik sand miklu liði fyr sunnan Sikiley, þars sveiti skyndi of skokka.
‘The ship became gore-filled by the sandbank where blood gushed; bows glided toward land; lord, you fought valiantly. The sunken corpse conquered sand with a great host south of Sicily where blood rushed over bottom-boards.

notes and context

Haraldr campaigned in North Africa.

For this campaign, see also ÞjóðA Sex 2-3, Ill Har 4, Sigfús Blöndal 1978, 60-3 and Jesch 2001a, 88-9. — [1] súð ‘the ship’: See Note to Hharð Gamv 2/2.



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 4: AI, 386, BI, 355-6, Skald I, 178, NN §1793, 1793B; Fms 6, 140 (HSig ch. 5).


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