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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Valg Har 6II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 6’ 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. 305-6.

Valgarðr á VelliPoem about Haraldr harðráði

text and translation

Eik slǫng und þér, yngvi
ógnblíðr, í haf síðan
— rétt vas yðr of ætlat
óðal — frá Svíþjóðu.
Hýnd bar rif, þars rennduð
rétt á stag fyr slétta,
skeið, en skelkðuð brúðir,
Skáney, Dǫnum nánar.

Síðan slǫng eik und þér í haf frá Svíþjóðu, ógnblíðr yngvi; rétt óðal vas of ætlat yðr. Skeið bar hýnd rif, þars rennduð rétt á stag fyr slétta Skáney, en skelkðuð brúðir nánar Dǫnum.
‘Then the oak-ship sped beneath you into the ocean away from Sweden, battle-rejoicing lord; lawful inheritance awaited you. The warship carried a sail hoisted high where you scudded straight ahead past flat Skåne, and you scared women closely related to the Danes.

notes and context

According to Mork, Fsk and Flat, Haraldr travelled from Sweden to Denmark to meet his nephew, Magnús Óláfsson. Hkr and H-Hr state that Haraldr joined forces with Magnús’s enemy, Sveinn Úlfsson, and accompanied him on an expedition to Denmark (see sts 7-9 below).



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 6: AI, 391-2, BI, 361, Skald I, 181; ÍF 28, 92-3 (HSig ch. 19), F 1871, 203, E 1916, 45; ÍF 29, 239 (ch. 51); Mork 1867, 17, Mork 1928-32, 88, Andersson and Gade 2000, 150-1, 473 (MH); Flat 1860-8, III, 306 (MH); Fms 6, 174 (HSig ch. 17).


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