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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hharð Lv 9II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson, Lausavísur 9’ 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. 50-1.

Haraldr harðráði SigurðarsonLausavísur


This helmingr (Hharð Lv 9), in which Haraldr and Sneglu-Halli compose alternate ll. (see SnH Lv 4), is recorded in Sneglu-Halla þáttr (Snegl) in Mork, Flat and H-Hr. Snegl is also preserved in AM 593 b 4° (593b; c. 1440-1500), from a sister ms. of Flat, and in AM 563 a 4°ˣ (563aˣ; c. 1650-99), in addition to several later paper mss of no value (see ÍF 9, cxiv). Both 593b and 563aˣ are inferior copies, but because variants from these mss are included in Skj A and are used for the eds of the sts from Snegl in both Skj B and Skald, they have been considered in the present edn as well. See also SnH Lv below.

text and translation

‘Hvert stillir þú, Halli?’
‘Hleypk framm at skyrkaupi.’
‘Graut munt gørva láta?’
‘Gǫrr matr es þat — smjǫrvan.’

‘Hvert stillir þú, Halli?’ ‘Hleypk framm at skyrkaupi.’ ‘Graut munt gørva láta?’ ‘Gǫrr matr es þat—smjǫrvan.’
‘‘Where are you headed, Halli?’ ‘I’m hurrying ahead to buy curds.’ ‘You’ll probably want to make porridge?’ ‘Perfect food is that—buttered.’

notes and context

King Haraldr is walking along the streets of Trondheim with his retainers, and one of his poets, the Icelander Sneglu-Halli (SnH), is in his company. Suddenly Halli rushes ahead, and the helmingr is the ensuing verbal exchange between Haraldr and Halli.

For Sneglu-Halli’s fondness for porridge, see his Biography below.



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: Haraldr Sigurðarson harðráði, Lausavísur 14: AI, 359, 389, BI, 331, 359, Skald I, 167, 179; ÍF 9, 271 (Snegl ch. 4), Mork 1867, 94-5, Mork 1928-32, 237, Andersson and Gade 245-6, 479 (MH); Fms 6, 363 (HSig ch. 102); Flat 1860-8, III, 419 (Snegl).


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