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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Har 1I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Poem about Haraldr hárfagri 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. 61.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniPoem about Haraldr hárfagri

text and translation

Margir gerðu         milding snaran
hraustir menn         heim at sœkja;
eigi síðr         ǫðling fylgðu
gamlir menn         ok gerðusk kærir.

Margir hraustir menn gerðu at sœkja heim snaran milding; gamlir menn fylgðu ǫðling eigi síðr ok gerðusk kærir.
‘Many valiant men proceeded to visit the gallant generous one; old men followed the prince no less and made themselves intimate.

notes and context

In the course of an account of the many fine qualities of King Haraldr hárfagri and of the beginning of his reign, the saga writer explains that many valiant men desired to be with him on account of his generosity and the splendour of his court.

For Haraldr’s war-band and life at his court, see also sts 2-3, Þjóð Lv 1, Hhárf Lv 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: Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, enn hvinverski, 3. Et digt om Harald hårfagre, næppe ægte 1: AI, 20, BI, 18, Skald I, 12; Fms 10, 178, Fms 12, 224, Flat 1860-8, I, 567 (HarHárf).


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