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Valg Har 7II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 7’ 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. 306-7.

Valgarðr á VelliPoem about Haraldr harðráði
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text and translation

Haraldr, gǫrva lézt herjat
— hnyggr andskotum, tyggi —
— hvatt rann vargr at vitja
valfalls — Selund alla.
Gekk á Fjón, en fekkat,
fjǫlmennr konungr, hjǫlmum
— brast ríkula ristin
rít — erfiði lítit.

Haraldr, lézt gǫrva herjat alla Selund; hnyggr andskotum, tyggi; vargr rann hvatt at vitja valfalls. Konungr gekk fjǫlmennr á Fjón, en fekkat hjǫlmum lítit erfiði; ríkula ristin rít brast.
 
‘Haraldr, you thoroughly ravaged all Sjælland; you crush your enemies, lord; the wolf ran swiftly to visit the fallen carrion. The king advanced with strong numbers on Fyn and gave helmets no little hardship; the richly engraved shield split.

notes and context

Haraldr and Sveinn Úlfsson harried in Sjælland and Fyn (c. 1044-5).

For this campaign, see st. 6 above and sts 8-9 below.

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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 7: AI, 392, BI, 361, Skald I, 181, NN §§806, 2989E; ÍF 28, 93 (HSig ch. 19), F 1871, 203, E 1916, 45; ÍF 29, 240 (ch. 52); Mork 1867, 17-18, Mork 1928-32, 89-90, Andersson and Gade 2000, 151-2, 474 (MH); Fms 6, 175 (HSig ch. 17).

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