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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hjǫrtr Lv 3II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Hjǫrtr, Lausavísur 3’ 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. 347.


text and translation

Munat í vári        vestr langskipum
hugragr of haf        Haraldr fara.
Því mun lengi        lafhræddr konungr
alls andvani        Englands ok vegs.

Hugragr Haraldr munat fara langskipum vestr of haf í vári. Því mun lafhræddr konungr lengi andvani alls Englands ok vegs.
‘Cowardly-minded Haraldr will not travel on long-ships west across the sea this spring. Therefore the terror-stricken king will long be bereft of all England and of honour.

notes and context

King Haraldr asks Hjǫrtr whether Queen Ellisif (Elizabeth) has sent a message for him. Hjǫrtr replies that she recited the following st.

[4]: Note the internal rhyme (-ar- : -ar-) which renders the l. tøglag rather than fornyrðislag.



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: Hjǫrtr, Lausavísur 3: AI, 403, BI, 373, Skald I, 185-6; Hb 1892-6, 332-3, Fellows Jensen 1962, 39 (Hem).


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