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Bǫlv Hardr 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bǫlverkr Arnórsson, Drápa about Haraldr harðráði 5’ 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. 290-1.

Bǫlverkr ArnórssonDrápa about Haraldr harðráði
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text and translation

Rétt við rausn at hætta,
reiðmæltr jǫfurr, skeiðum,
prýddr (lá byrr at breiddu)
Blálands á vit (stáli).
Laust, en lauka reisti
lofðungr við sæ þungan,
skúr á skjaldrim dýra
skokks mjǫll á þrǫm stokkinn.

Prýddr, reiðmæltr jǫfurr, rétt at hætta skeiðum við rausn á vit Blálands; byrr lá at breiddu stáli. Skúr laust á dýra skjaldrim, {mjǫll skokks} á stokkinn þrǫm, en lofðungr reisti lauka við þungan sæ.
 
‘Splendid, angry-spoken prince, you risked the warships with splendour on a visit to North Africa; a favourable wind pressed against the spread-out prow. The rain-shower struck at the precious shield-rail, the snow of the bottom-board [SEA-SPRAY] [struck] at the splattered rim, and the ruler raised the masts in heavy sea.

notes and context

After the campaign described in st. 4 above, Haraldr sailed on with his army in a great storm with heavy sea.

H-Hr is the only version to mention that Haraldr went on another campaign after having fought in North Africa. See also Þfisk Lv 2/6.

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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 5: AI, 386, BI, 356, Skald I, 178, NN §1142, 1793A, 3090; Fms 6, 140-1 (HSig ch. 5).

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