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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hharð Gamv 6II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson, Gamanvísur 6’ 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, p. 41.

Haraldr harðráði SigurðarsonGamanvísur

text and translation

Fœddr vas ek, þars alma
Upplendingar bendu;
nú lætk við sker skolla
skeiðr búmǫnnum leiðar.
Vítt hef ek, sízt ýttum,
eygarð skotit barði;
þó lætr Gerðr í Gǫrðum
gollhrings við mér skolla.

Ek vas fœddr, þars Upplendingar bendu alma; nú lætk skeiðr, leiðar búmǫnnum, skolla við sker. Vítt hef ek skotit barði {eygarð}, sízt ýttum; þó lætr {Gerðr gollhrings} í Gǫrðum skolla við mér.
‘I was born where the Upplendingar bent the elm-bows; now I let my warships, loathsome to farmers, rock among skerries. Far and wide I have thrust the prow across the island-enclosure [SEA] since we [I] set out; yet the Gerðr <goddess> of the gold ring [WOMAN] in Russia ridicules me.

notes and context

[1-3]: The first three ll. are also recorded on the rune stick N B88, which is edited separately in SkP VI (Run B88VI). The variant readings are given in the present edn, because they have some bearing on the possible interpretations of the st. See also Note to Hharð Lv 2b/4.



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 7: AI, 358, BI, 329, Skald I, 166, NN §2024A; Mork 1867, 16, Mork 1928-32, 86, Andersson and Gade 2000, 149, 473 (MH); Fms 6, 171 (HSig ch. 15).


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