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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hhárf Lv 1I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Haraldr hárfagri Hálfdanarson, 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. 71.

Haraldr hárfagri HálfdanarsonLausavísa1

text and translation

Mjǫk eru mínir rekkar
til mjǫðgjarnir, fornir
ok hér komnir hárir;
hví eruð ævar margir?

Rekkar mínir, hér komnir fornir ok hárir, eru mjǫk til mjǫðgjarnir; hví eruð ævar margir?
‘My warriors, having come here aged and grizzled, are far too mead-loving; why are you so very many?

notes and context

King Haraldr observes the preparations for a banquet at an estate of his and speaks this helmingr in an undertone. For the second helmingr, see Þjóð Lv 1.

For Haraldr’s war-band and life at his court, see also Þjóð Har 1-3, Þjóð Lv 1 and Þhorn Harkv 5-6, 13, 15-23.



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 hárfagri, 2. Lausavísa: AI, 6, BI, 6, Skald I, 3, NN §1807; Hkr 1777-1826, I, 103, VI, 19, Hkr 1868, 68, Hkr 1893-1901, I, 136, IV, 39, ÍF 26, 127-8, Hkr 1991, 78-9 (HHárf), F 1871, 53.


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