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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Valg Har 10II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 10’ 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. 308-9.

Valgarðr á VelliPoem about Haraldr harðráði

text and translation

Inn vas í, sem brynni,
iðglíkt séa miðjan,
eldr, þars yðrum helduð,
orms munn, skipum sunnan.
Skeið bar skolpt inn rauða;
skein af golli hreinu;
dreki fór dagleið mikla;
dúfu braut und húfi.

Vas iðglíkt séa inn í miðjan munn orms, sem eldr brynni, þars helduð skipum yðrum sunnan. Skeið bar inn rauða skolpt; skein af hreinu golli; dreki fór mikla dagleið; dúfu braut und húfi.
‘Looking into the middle of the dragon-ship’s mouth, it was just as if fire was burning where you steered your ships from the south. The warship carried its red skull; it glowed from the pure gold; the dragon-ship sailed a long day’s journey; the wave broke beneath the hull.

notes and context

After falling out with Sveinn Úlfsson, Haraldr sailed to Norway (c. 1045). In Mork and Fsk, this and the next st. are given without intervening prose.



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 10: AI, 393, BI, 362, Skald I, 181; Mork 1867, 19, Mork 1928-32, 92, Andersson and Gade 2000, 153, 474 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 308 (MH); Fms 6, 180 (HSig ch. 19); ÍF 29, 242 (ch. 52).


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