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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Grani Har 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Grani skáld, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 1’ 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. 296-7.

Grani skáldPoem about Haraldr harðráði

text and translation

Lét aldrigi úti
ósvífr Kraka drífu
Hlǫkk í harða þjokkum
Hornskógi brô þorna.
Fila dróttinn rak flótta
fjanda grams til strandar;
auð varð út at reiða
allskjótt faðir Dóttu.

Ósvífr lét aldrigi brô {Hlǫkk {drífu Kraka}} þorna úti í harða þjokkum Hornskógi. {Dróttinn Fila} rak flótta grams fjanda til strandar; {faðir Dóttu} varð at reiða út auð allskjótt.
‘The reckless one never let the eyelashes of the Hlǫkk <valkyrie> of Kraki’s <legendary king’s> snow-drift [GOLD > WOMAN] get dry out in the very dense forest at Hornslet. The lord of the Filir [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr] chased the fleeing troop of the enemies’ chieftain down to the shore; Dótta’s father [= Þorkell geysa] had to pay out riches very quickly.

notes and context

During his campaign in Denmark in the summer of 1048, Haraldr burned the farmstead of the Dan. chieftain Þorkell geysa ‘Big-mouth’. He captured Þorkell’s daughters (one of whom was Dótta), and forced Þorkell to pay a hefty ransom for them.

For this campaign, see also Hharð Lv 4, ÞjóðA Lv 2, Bǫlv Hardr 8, Anon (HSig) 1 and Grani Har 2 below. — [5]: The l. echoes Steinn Óldr 1/5.



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: Grani skáld, Digt om Harald hårdråde 1: AI, 387, BI, 357, Skald I, 179, NN §806; Mork 1867, 53, Mork 1928-32, 158, Andersson and Gade 2000, 196, 475-6 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 336-7 (MH); ÍF 29, 252-3 (ch. 55); ÍF 28, 111 (HSig ch. 32), F 1871, 212, E 1916, 55; Fms 6, 254 (HSig ch. 49).


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