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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Valg Har 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 1’ 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. 300-1.

Valgarðr á VelliPoem about Haraldr harðráði

text and translation

Skilfingr, helzt, þars skulfu
skeiðr, fyr lǫnd in breiðu
— auð varð suðr of síðir
Sikiley — liði miklu.

Skilfingr, helzt miklu liði fyr in breiðu lǫnd, þars skeiðr skulfu; suðr varð Sikiley of síðir auð.
‘Lord, you led a large host past the wide lands where warships shook; in the south Sicily was finally laid waste.

notes and context

Skilfingr is given in Skm as a heiti for ‘ruler, dignitary’.

The helmingr commemorates Haraldr’s campaigns in Sicily (1038-40). See also Note to Hharð Gamv 2/1, ÞjóðA Sex 2 and Bǫlv Hardr 4.



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: Valgarðr á Velli, Et digt om Harald hårdråde 1: AI, 390, BI, 360, Skald I, 180, NN §§806, 2783; SnE 1848-87, I, 528-9, II, 345, 463, 542, 609, SnE 1931, 185, SnE 1998, I, 105.


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