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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Hardr II 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Einarr Skúlason, Haraldsdrápa II 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. 545-6.

Einarr SkúlasonHaraldsdrápa II

text and translation

Luku vág viku,
vara kostr fara
brýns, Bjǫrgynjar,
braut háskrautum.

Luku vág Bjǫrgynjar viku; vara kostr brýns háskrautum fara braut.
‘They closed the bay of Bergen for a week; there was no possibility for the tall ships to speed away.

notes and context

The helmingr documents the siege of Bergen (1134-5), when Haraldr gilli and his men prevented Magnús inn blindi and his troops from leaving that city. Magnús had previously enclosed the bay of Bergen with iron chains so that Haraldr’s ships could not enter it. That strategy backfired, however, because Haraldr and his army circumvented the blockade and approached from land. When Magnús tried to escape on his ship, the chains prevented him from sailing away.



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: Einarr Skúlason, 3. Haraldsdrápa II 4: AI, 457-8, BI, 425, Skald I, 210, NN §2535, Mork 1867, 199, Mork 1928-32, 401, Andersson and Gade 2000, 364, 490 (MbHg); ÍF 29, 325 (ch. 95); ÍF 28, 286-7 (MbHg ch. 7), F 1871, 314, E 1916, 169; Fms 7, 184-5 (MbHg ch. 8).


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