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Valg Har 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 1’ 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. 300-1.

Valgarðr á VelliPoem about Haraldr harðráði
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Skilfingr, helzt, þars skulfu
skeiðr, fyr lǫnd in breiðu
— auð varð suðr of síðir
Sikiley — liði miklu.

Skilfingr, helzt miklu liði fyr in breiðu lǫnd, þars skeiðr skulfu; suðr varð Sikiley of síðir auð.

Lord, you led a large host past the wide lands where warships shook; in the south Sicily was finally laid waste.

Mss: R(40r), Tˣ(42r), U(37v), A(15v), B(6v), 744ˣ(43v), C(9v) (SnE)

Readings: [2] lǫnd in breiðu: land it breiða U    [3] auð: so Tˣ, A, B, C, ‘avld’ or ‘avdt’ R, auðit U;    varð suðr: var þar suðr U, ‘var suð’ A, ‘[…]ð’ B, ‘ū sud’ 744ˣ;    of: und C;    síðir: ‘sið[…]’ B    [4] Sikiley: ‘sikil[…]’ B

Editions: Skj AI, 390, Skj BI, 360, Skald I, 180, NN §§806, 2783; SnE 1848-87, I, 528-9, II, 345, 463, 542, 609, SnE 1931, 185, SnE 1998, I, 105.

Context: Skilfingr is given in Skm as a heiti for ‘ruler, dignitary’.

Notes: [All]: The helmingr commemorates Haraldr’s campaigns in Sicily (1038-40). See also Note to Hharð Gamv 2/1, ÞjóðA Sex 2 and Bǫlv Hardr 4. — [2] skeiðr ‘warships’: Usually skeið denotes a type of warship (see Falk 1912, 104-5; Jesch 2001a, 123-6). — [3] auð ‘waste’: The l. contains three internal rhymes (auð : -- : -íð-), and Skj B emends auð ‘waste’ to eydd ‘ravaged’ against all mss (see NN §2783). — [3] suðr ‘in the south’: Skj B takes this adv. with the first cl. (suðr fyr in breiðu lǫnd ‘south past the wide lands’), which creates an awkward w. o. (see NN §806).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. SnE 1848-87 = Snorri Sturluson. 1848-87. Edda Snorra Sturlusonar: Edda Snorronis Sturlaei. Ed. Jón Sigurðsson et al. 3 vols. Copenhagen: Legatum Arnamagnaeanum. Rpt. Osnabrück: Zeller, 1966.
  4. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  6. Jesch, Judith. 2001a. Ships and Men in the Late Viking Age: The Vocabulary of Runic Inscriptions and Skaldic Verse. Woodbridge: Boydell.
  7. Falk, Hjalmar. 1912. Altnordisches Seewesen. Wörter und Sachen 4. Heidelberg: Winter.
  8. SnE 1931 = Snorri Sturluson. 1931. Edda Snorra Sturlusonar. Ed. Finnur Jónsson. Copenhagen: Gyldendal.
  9. SnE 1998 = Snorri Sturluson. 1998. Edda: Skáldskaparmál. Ed. Anthony Faulkes. 2 vols. University College London: Viking Society for Northern Research.
  10. Internal references
  11. Not published: do not cite (SkmIII)
  12. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Bǫlverkr Arnórsson, Drápa about Haraldr harðráði 4’ 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. 289-90.
  13. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Haraldr harðráði Sigurðarson, Gamanvísur 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. 36-7.
  14. Diana Whaley (ed.) 2009, ‘Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, Sexstefja 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. 113-14.
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