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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Valg Har 8II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 8’ 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, p. 307.

Valgarðr á VelliPoem about Haraldr harðráði

text and translation

Brann í bœ fyr sunnan
bjartr eldr Hróiskeldu;
rǫnn lét ræsir nenninn
reykvell ofan fella.
Lôgu landsmenn gnógir;
ló hel sumum frelsi;
drósk harmvesalt hýski
hljótt til skógs á flótta.

Bjartr eldr brann í bœ fyr sunnan Hróiskeldu; nenninn ræsir lét reykvell rǫnn fella ofan. Gnógir landsmenn lôgu; hel ló sumum frelsi; harmvesalt hýski drósk hljótt til skógs á flótta.
‘Bright fire burned in the settlement south of Roskilde; the vigorous ruler caused smouldering buildings to collapse. Plenty of countrymen lay [dead]; death deprived some of their freedom; the grief-stricken household crawled silently to the forest in flight.

notes and context

As st. 7 above. In Mork, Fsk and Hkr, sts 7-9 are given without intervening prose. H-Hr paraphrases the content of sts 8-9 and includes the name of the poet.



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 8: AI, 392, BI, 362, Skald I, 181; ÍF 28, 93-4 (HSig ch. 19), F 1871, 203, E 1916, 45; ÍF 29, 241 (ch. 52); Mork 1867, 18, Mork 1928-32, 90, Andersson and Gade 2000, 152, 474 (MH); Fms 6, 175 (HSig ch. 17).


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