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Hskv Hardr 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Halldórr skvaldri, Haraldsdrápa 2’ 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. 494.

Halldórr skvaldriHaraldsdrápa

Harðéla, lézt, herðir
Haddings, á jó tradda
— glaðr tók gramr við hauðri —
grund til Eireks fundar.
Fekk, sás fremstr vas miklu,
fljótmæltr konungr Jóta
— réð Hollseta hræðir —
hraust gengi þér drengja.

{Herðir {harðéla Haddings}}, lézt grund tradda á jó til fundar Eireks; glaðr gramr tók við hauðri. {Fljótmæltr konungr Jóta}, sás vas miklu fremstr, fekk þér hraust gengi drengja; {hræðir Hollseta} réð.

{Strengthener {of the strong storms of Haddingr <legendary king>}} [BATTLE > WARRIOR], you traversed the ground on horseback to the meeting with Eiríkr; the cheerful ruler [= Magnús] received the land. {The eloquent king of the Jótar} [DANISH KING = Eiríkr], who was outstanding indeed, gave you a valiant following of warriors; {the terrifier of the Holsteiners} [= Eiríkr] ruled.

Mss: F(67rb)

Readings: [7] Hollseta: Hollsetu F

Editions: Skj AI, 489, Skj BI, 460-1, Skald I, 226; F 1871, 311 (MbHg).

Context: After the Battle of Färlev (see st. 1 above), Magnús ruled Norway and Haraldr fled to King Eiríkr eymuni Eiríksson of Denmark (d. 1137).

Notes: [4] Eireks ‘Eiríkr’: Eiríkr eymuni Eiríksson (r. 1134-7) was the illegitimate son of Eiríkr Sveinsson of Denmark (see Mark Eirdr). — [7] Hollseta ‘of the Holsteiners’: This is the gen. pl. of Hollsetar ‘the Holsteiners’ i.e. the people of Holstein (Hollsetaland or Holtsetaland). According to Adam of Bremen (ed. Schmeidler 1917, 72), these people received their name from the forests near which they lived: Holcetae, dicti a silvis, quas accolunt (cf. ON holt ‘forest’). Hollsetu (so F) must be a scribal error. Holstein is a state in present-day North Germany.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Schmeidler, Bernhard, ed. 1917. Magistri Adami Bremensis. Hamburgische Kirchengeschichte / Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum. Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Germanicarum 2. 3rd edn. Hannover and Leipzig: Hahn.
  4. F 1871 = Unger, C. R., ed. 1871. Fríssbók: Codex Frisianus. En samling af norske konge-sagaer. Christiania (Oslo): Malling.
  5. Internal references
  6. Not published: do not cite (MbHgII)
  7. Jayne Carroll 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa’ 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. 432-60.

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