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Sonatorrek — Egill StV (Eg)

Egill Skallagrímsson

Egill Skallagrímsson, Sonatorrek — Margaret Clunies Ross

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Mjǫk erum tregt
tungu at hrœra
með loptvætt
ljóðpundara;
esa nú vænligt
of Viðurs þýfi,
né hógdrœgt
ór hugar fylgsni.
 
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Esa auðþeystr,
þvít ekki veldr
hǫfugligr,
ór hyggju stað
fagna fundr
Friggjar niðja
ár borinn
ór Jǫtunheimum.
 
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Lastalauss,
es lifnaði
á nǫkkvers
nǫkkva bragi;
jǫtuns hals
undir þjóta
náins niðr
fyr naustdurum.
 
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Þvít ætt mín
á enda stendr,
hreggbarnir
sem hlynir marka;
esa karskr maðr,
sás kǫgla berr
frænda hrørs
af fletjum niðr.
 
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Þó munk mitt
ok móður hrør
fǫður fall
fyrst of telja;
þat berk út
ór orðhofi
mærðar timbr
máli laufgat.
 
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Grimt vǫrum hlið,
þat's hrǫnn of braut
fǫður míns
á frændgarði;
veitk ófult
ok opit standa
sonar skarð,
es mér sær of vann.
 
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Mjǫk hefr Rôn
of rysktan mik;
emk ofsnauðr
at ástvinum;
sleit marr bǫnd
minnar ættar,
snaran þôtt
af sjǫlfum mér.
 
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Veizt ef sǫk
sverði of rækak,
vas ǫlsmið
allra tíma;
hroða vábrœðr
ef viða mættak,
fórk ægis
andvígr mani.
 
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En ek ekki
eiga þóttumk
sakar afl
við sonar bana,
þvít alþjóð
fyr augum verðr
gamals þegns
gengileysi.
 
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Mik hefr marr
miklu ræntan;
grimt es fall
frænda at telja,
síðan's minn
á munvega
ættar skjǫldr
af lífi hvarf.
 
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Veitk þat sjalfr,
at í syni mínum
vasa ills þegns
efni vaxit,
ef randviðr
røskvask næði,
uns hergauts
hendr of tœki.
 
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Æ lét flest
þat's faðir mælti,
þótt ǫll þjóð
annat segði,
mér upp helt
of herbergi
ok mitt afl
mest of studdi.
 
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Opt kømr mér
mána brúðar
í byrvind
brœðraleysi;
hyggjumk umb,
es hildr þróask,
nýsumk hins
ok hygg at því,
 
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hverr mér hugaðr
á hlið standi
annarr þegn
við óðræði;
þarfk þess opt
við þrágǫrum;
verðk varfleygr,
es vinir þverra.
 
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Mjǫk's torfyndr,
sás trúa knegum,
of alþjóð
elgjar galga,
þvít niflgóðr
niðja steypir
bróður hrør
við baugum selr.
 
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Finnk þat opt
es féar beiðir - - -
 
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Þat's ok mælt
at mangi getr
sonar iðgjǫld
nema sjalfr ali,
né þann enn
es ǫðrum sé
borinn maðr
í bróður stað.
 
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Erumka þekt
þjóða sinni,
þótt sér hverr
sôtt of haldi;
burr's býskeiðs
í bœ kominn,
kvánar sonr,
kynnis leita.
 
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En mér fens
í fǫstum þokk
hrosta hǫfundr
á hendi stendr;
máka upp
í aroar grímu
rýnnis reið
réttri halda.
 
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Síz son minn
sóttar brími
heiptugligr
ór heimi nam,
þanns ek veit
at varnaði
vamma vanr
við námæli.
 
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Þat mank enn,
es upp of hóf
í Goðheim
Gauta spjalli
ættar ask,
þanns óx af mér,
ok kynvið
kvánar minnar.
 
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Áttak gótt
við geirs dróttin,
gerðumk tryggr
at trúa hônum,
áðr vinan
vagna rúni
sigrhǫfundr
of sleit við mik.
 
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Blœtka því
bróður Vílis,
goðjaðar,
at gjarn séak;
þó hefr Míms vinr
mér of fengnar
bǫlva bœtr,
es et betra telk.
 
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Gǫfumk íþrótt
ulfs of bági
vígi vanr
vammi firða
ok þat geð,
es gerðak mér
vísa fjandr
af vélǫndum.
 
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Nú erum torvelt,
Tveggja bága
njǫrva nipt
á nesi stendr,
skalk þó glaðr
góðum vilja
ok ó-hryggr
heljar bíða.
 
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