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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Valg Har 2II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 2’ 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. 301-2.

Valgarðr á VelliPoem about Haraldr harðráði

text and translation

Snarla skaut ór sóti
— sveyk of hús ok reykir
stóðu stopðir síðan —
steinóðr logi glóðum.

Steinóðr logi skaut snarla glóðum ór sóti, ok stopðir reykir stóðu síðan of sveyk hús.
‘The furious flame quickly shot embers from the soot, and straight columns of smoke then rose above tottering houses.

notes and context

Logi ‘flame, blaze’ is given in Skm as a heiti for ‘fire’.

Sigfús Blöndal (1978, 92-3) suggests that this st. describes the destruction of the imperial Byzantine Treasury after the revolt against Emperor Michael V on 21 April 1042. That can, however, not be ascertained.



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 2: AI, 390, BI, 360, Skald I, 180; SnE 1848-87, I, 506-7, II, 354, 453, 536, 602, SnE 1931, 177, SnE 1998, I, 97.


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