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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Valg Har 11II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 11’ 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. 309-10.

Valgarðr á VelliPoem about Haraldr harðráði

text and translation

Lauðr vas lagt í beðja;
lék sollit haf golli,
enn herskipum hrannir
hǫfuð ógurlig þógu.
Ræðr, en ræsir œðri
rístr aldri sæ kaldan,
— sveit tér sínum dróttni
snjǫll — Nóregi ǫllum.

Lauðr vas lagt í beðja; sollit haf lék golli, enn hrannir þógu ógurlig hǫfuð herskipum. Ræðr ǫllum Nóregi, en œðri ræsir rístr aldri kaldan sæ; snjǫll sveit tér dróttni sínum.
‘Foam was folded into layers; the swollen sea played with gold, and waves washed the terrifying heads of the warships. You rule all Norway, and a nobler regent will never carve the cold sea; the valiant company support their lord.

notes and context

As above. In SnE (Skm) hrǫnn is given as a heiti for ‘wave’.



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 11: AI, 393, BI, 362-3, Skald I, 181, NN §877; 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); SnE 1848-87, I, 500-1, II, 451, 535, 600, SnE 1931, 176, SnE 1998, I, 95.


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