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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Illugi bryndœlaskáld (Ill)

11th century; volume 2; ed. Kari Ellen Gade;

Poem about Haraldr harðráði (Har) - 4

Skj info: Illugi Bryndœlaskáld, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 384, BI, 354).

Skj poems:
1. Et digt om Harald hårdråde
2. Lausavísa

Nothing is known about Illugi (Ill), but his nickname bryndœlaskáld ‘Poet of the People of Brynjudalur’ indicates that he either came from Brynjudalur in southern Iceland or composed about people from that region (see SnE 1848-87, III, 595-9; LH 1894-1901, I, 634). Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275) lists him among Haraldr Sigurðarson’s poets.

Poem about Haraldr harðráði — Ill HarII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Illugi bryndœlaskáld, Poem about Haraldr harðráði’ 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. 282-5.

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Skj: Illugi Bryndœlaskáld: 1. Et digt om Harald hårdråde (AI, 384, BI, 354)

SkP info: II, 282-3

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

1 — Ill Har 1II

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Illugi bryndœlaskáld, 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. 282-3.

Vargs vas munr, þats margan
— menskerðir stakk sverði
myrkaurriða markar —
minn dróttinn rak flótta.


It was the pleasure of the wolf that my lord put many to flight; {the necklace-diminisher} [GENEROUS MAN = Sigurðr] pierced {the dark trout of the forest} [SERPENT = Fáfnir] with the sword.

context: The word vargr is given as one of several examples of heiti for ‘wolf’.

notes: Because B is very difficult to read at this point, AM 744 4°ˣ (744ˣ), an early C18th copy of B made by Jón Ólafsson when B was more legible, has been consulted selectively. — [1, 4]: Most likely refers to Haraldr’s early exploits in Russia (see ÞjóðA Run 1, 3; Sigfús Blöndal 1978, 55). — [1] þats ‘that’: For the use of þats as a conj. (‘that’) see NS §267. — [2-3]: The embedded cl. refers to Sigurðr’s slaying of the dragon Fáfnir (see Fáfn; NK 180-8; SnE 1998, I, 46).

texts: LaufE 104 (310), LaufE 189 (401), Skm 325, SnE 327

editions: Skj Illugi Bryndœlaskáld: 1. Et digt om Harald hårdråde 1 (AI, 384; BI, 354); Skald I, 177; SnE 1848-87, I, 478-9, II, 350, 455, 538, 594, SnE 1931, 169, SnE 1998, I, 88; LaufE 1979, 310, 401.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 37r, 29 - 37r, 31 (SnE)  image  image  image  
Traj 1374x (Tx) 39r, 1 - 39r, 1 (SnE)  image  
DG 11 (U) 39v, 26 - 39v, 27 (SnE)  image  
AM 748 I b 4° (A) 14r, 7 - 14r, 8 (SnE)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 757 a 4° (B) 6r, 39 - 6r, 40 (SnE)  image  image  image  image  
AM 744 4°x (744x) 39v - 39v (SnE)  image  
AM 748 II 4° (C) 6v, 11 - 6v, 12 (SnE)  image  image  
Holm papp 10 4°x (papp10x) 53r - 53r (LaufE)  image  
GKS 2368 4°x (2368x) 136 - 136 (LaufE)  image  
AM 743 4°x (743x) 101r, 11 - 101r, 14 (LaufE)  image  image  
AM 164 8°x (164x) 41r, 6 - 41r, 7 [1-2] (LaufE)  image  
AM 761 b 4°x (761bx) 211r, 2 - 211r, 5  image  
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