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Valgarðr á Velli (Valg)

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

Poem about Haraldr harðráði (Har) - 11

Skj info: Valgarðr á Velli, Islandsk skjald, 11. årh. (AI, 390-3, BI, 360-3).

Skj poems:
Et digt om Harald hårdråde

Nothing is known about Valgarðr (Valg), but his nickname (á Velli ‘at Völlur’) indicates that he could have belonged to the family of Mǫrðr Valgarðsson from Völlur (Rangársýsla) in southern Iceland (see Brennu-Njáls saga, ÍF 12, passim; SnE 1848-87, III, 605-6; LH 1894-1901, I, 637-8). Skáldatal (SnE 1848-87, III, 254, 262, 275) lists him among Haraldr Sigurðarson’s court poets.

Poem about Haraldr harðráði — Valg HarII

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Valgarðr á Velli, 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. 300-10.

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Skj: Valgarðr á Velli: Et digt om Harald hårdråde (AI, 390-3, BI, 360-3)

SkP info: II, 307-8

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9 — Valg Har 9II

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Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Valgarðr á Velli, Poem about Haraldr harðráði 9’ 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. 307-8.

Dvalði daprt of skilða
(drifu, þeirs eptir lifðu)
ferð, en fengin urðu
fǫgr sprund (Danir undan).
Láss helt líki drósar;
leið fyr yðr til skeiða
(bitu fíkula fjǫtrar)
fljóð mart (hǫrund bjartir).

 

The pitifully scattered crowd was delayed; the Danes who were still alive fled away, but fair women were captured. A lock secured the girl’s body; many a maiden went before you to the warships; bright fetters bit greedily into the flesh.

context: As sts 7-8 above.

notes: For the capture and possible mistreatment of women by marauding vikings, see Note to ÞjóðA Magn 7/5, 6, Grani Har 1/1, 4, st. 3/4 above and Hskv Útdr 5.

editions: Skj Valgarðr á Velli: Et digt om Harald hårdråde 9 (AI, 392; BI, 362); Skald I, 181, NN §§876, 2989E; ÍF 28, 94 (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, 176 (HSig ch. 17).

sources

AM 63 folx (Kx) 532v, 24 - 533r, 1 (Hkr)  image  
AM 39 fol (39) 21rb, 22 - 21rb, 22 (Hkr)  image  
AM 45 fol (F) 44ra, 15 - 44ra, 18 (Hkr)  image  image  image  image  
AM 47 fol (E) 13r, 24 - 13r, 25 (Hkr)  image  
AM 38 folx (J2x) 264v, 3 - 264v, 10 (Hkr)  image  
OsloUB 371 folx (FskBx) 65v - 65v (Fsk)  image  
GKS 1009 fol (Mork) 3v, 16 - 3v, 16 (Mork)  image  image  image  
AM 66 fol (H) 29r, 18 - 29r, 18 (H-Hr)  image  image  image  image  
GKS 1010 fol (Hr) 21rb, 33 - 21rb, 33 (H-Hr)  image  
AM 51 folx (51x) 59r, 27 - 59r, 34 (Fsk)  image  
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