Hildr Hrólfsdóttir


Attributed to Hildr Hrólfsdóttir (c. 9th century), recorded by Snorri Sturluson (c. 1179-1241)

“Tis ill ‘gainst wolf to be wolfish,
warrior, such wolf opposing.
Hard that wolf will harry
your herds, once he runs to the forest.”

  • This poem is attributed to Hildr Hrólfsdóttir in The Saga of Harald Fairhair, included in Snorri Sturluson’s Heimskringla. The translation used here is by Lee Hollander (University of Texas Press, 1964, 2018). Hildr Hrólfsdóttir reportedly stated this poem after King Harald Fairhair (or Finehair) of Norway outlawed her son, Hrolf (Rollo), who would go on to rule Normandy.

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