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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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HSn Lv 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Hallr Snorrason, Lausavísur 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. 636-7.

Hallr SnorrasonLausavísur

text and translation

Glymvǫllu rístr gulli
(góðs stillis fǫr) Róða
Óláfssúð und auði
(auðgrimms) búin rauðu.
Nús œgr ór fǫr frægri
— fellr húfr í svig dúfu
svelldr — með sœmð ok mildi
siklingr kominn hingat.

Óláfssúð, búin rauðu gulli, rístr {glymvǫllu Róða} und auði; fǫr auðgrimms stillis [e]s góð. Nús œgr siklingr kominn hingat ór frægri fǫr með sœmð ok mildi; svelldr húfr fellr í svig dúfu.
‘Óláfssúð (‘Óláfr’s ship’), adorned with red gold, furrows the resounding field of Róði <sea-king> [SEA] bearing riches; the voyage of the wealth-fierce leader is good. Now the awe-inspiring lord has come here from the famous journey with glory and generosity; the bloated ship-side sinks into the curve of the billow.

notes and context

Magnús Erlingsson travels by ship to Bergen after having looted Sverrir Sigurðarson’s stronghold in Trondheim (November 1181). On that occasion, Magnús took possession of Sverrir’s ships, which he either burned or brought with him (ÍF 30, 101). Hallr accompanies Magnús on the journey.



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: Hallr Snorrason, 2. Lausavísur 1: AI, 535-6, BI, 516, Skald I, 252, NN §1983; ÍF 30, 102-3 (ch. 63), Sv 1920, 72, Flat 1860-8, II, 593, E 1916, 318, Sv 1910-86, 85.


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