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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hákg Lv 1I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Hákon inn góði Haraldsson, Lausavísa 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 153.

Hákon inn góði HaraldssonLausavísa1

text and translation

Vel launa mér mínir
menn — œxlum styr þenna —
— hríð vex Hamðis klæða —
hodd ok rekna brodda.

Menn mínir launa mér vel hodd ok rekna brodda; œxlum þenna styr; {hríð {klæða Hamðis}} vex.
‘My men repay me well for hoard and inlaid points; let’s intensify this conflict; the storm of the clothes of Hamðir <legendary hero> [MAIL-SHIRTS > BATTLE] is growing.

notes and context

As the battle of Fitjar is about to commence, the king is said to deliver this helmingr in response to one by Eyvindr skáldaspillir (Eyv Lv 3, q. v.). The following prose in Fsk holds these stanzas up as evidence of the king’s fearlessness before the battle.

[1]: Cf. Kali Lv 1/1II Hvé launa þér þínir.



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: Hakon den gode: AI, 61, BI, 54, Skald I, 34, NN §1927; Fsk 1902-3, 40 (ch. 11), ÍF 29, 87-8 (ch. 12).


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