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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Har 4I

R. D. Fulk (ed.) 2012, ‘Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Poem about Haraldr hárfagri 4’ 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. 62.

Þjóðólfr ór HviniPoem about Haraldr hárfagri

text and translation

Leiddisk þá fyr Lúfu         lengr at haldask
hersa drótt         ok hǫfðingjum.
Flýði hverr,         sem fara mátti,
hraustra víkinga         ór Hafrsfirði.

Drótt hersa ok hǫfðingjum leiddisk þá at haldask lengr fyr Lúfu; hverr hraustra víkinga, sem mátti fara, flýði ór Hafrsfirði.
‘The host of hersar and the chieftains grew tired then of holding out longer against Lúfa (‘Shaggy-locks’) [Haraldr]; each of the valiant vikings who could go fled from Hafrsfjorden.

notes and context

At the battle of Hafrsfjǫrðr (Hafrsfjorden), Haraldr’s opponent King Kjǫtvi gets away onto an islet so that he cannot be taken, and his army flees, some by ship and some on land.

[1]: The same line begins Þhorn Harkv 10, which may account for the attribution of the stanza to Þorbjǫrn hornklofi in Flat; see also Note to Þhorn Harkv 10/1.


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 4: AI, 21, BI, 19, Skald I, 12; Fms 10, 192, Fms 12, 226, Flat 1860-8, I, 574 (HarHárf).


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