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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Valg Har 5II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 5’ 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. 304-5.

Valgarðr á VelliPoem about Haraldr harðráði

text and translation

Skauzt und farm inn frízta
— frami veitisk þér — beiti;
farðir goll ór Gǫrðum
grunlaust, Haraldr, austan.
Stýrðir hvatt í hǫrðu,
hugdyggr jǫfurr, glyggvi,
— sátt, þás sædrif létti,
Sigtún — en skip hnigðu.

Skauzt beiti und inn frízta farm; frami veitisk þér; Haraldr, farðir grunlaust goll austan ór Gǫrðum. Hugdyggr jǫfurr, stýrðir hvatt í hǫrðu glyggvi, en skip hnigðu; sátt Sigtún, þás sædrif létti.
‘You pushed a ship under the most splendid cargo; success is granted you; Haraldr, without a doubt you brought gold west from Russia. Loyal-minded prince, you steered vigorously in the hard storm, and the ships pitched; you sighted Sigtuna when the sea-spray eased.

notes and context

Haraldr set out from Russia to Sweden with three ships (Mork: ‘one ship’) and put to shore in Sigtuna, Sweden (c. 1044).

For Haraldr’s voyage from Russia to Sweden, see also ÞjóðA Sex 9.



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 5: AI, 391, BI, 361, Skald I, 180-1, NN §§806, 875, 1144; ÍF 28, 91 (HSig ch. 17), F 1871, 202, E 1916, 44; ÍF 29, 238 (ch. 51); Mork 1867, 16, Mork 1928-32, 87-8, Andersson and Gade 2000, 150, 473 (MH); Fms 6, 172 (HSig ch. 17).


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