Tøgdrápa — Þloft TøgdrIÞórarinn loftunga
Matthew Townend 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þórarinn loftunga, Tøgdrápa’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 851.
Knútrs und sólar.
Siðnæmr með lið
fór mjǫk mikit
minn vinr þinig.
Fœrði ór -firði
fimr gramr Lima-
‘Knútr is under the sun’s … My custom-practised friend went there with a very great force. The skilful lord brought no small fleet of the otter-world [SEA] out from Limfjorden. ’
Allt vas golli
grams skip framit;
vǫrum sjón sǫgu
‘The battle-strong Egðir greatly feared the journey of the eager demander of the swan of victory-heaps [CORPSES > RAVEN/EAGLE > WARRIOR]. The king’s ship was all decorated with gold; the sight of such was to me more powerful than [any] telling. ’
Ok fyr Lista
liðu framm viðir
Hádýrs of haf
Byggt vas innan
‘And off Lista the coal-black ships travelled hard forwards over the sea of Hådyret. On the landward side of the surf-boar [SHIP] the entire Eigersund to the south was inhabited by sea-skis [SHIPS]. ’
Ok fyr fornan
Þás stóð fyr Stað
‘And the protection-secure men of peace travelled keenly past the ancient mound of Tjernagel. When the stud-horses of the prow-cliff [SEA > SHIPS] sped past Stad, the journey of the arrow-demander [WARRIOR] was not wasted. ’
svangs mjǫk langar
brimdýr fyr Stim.
Svá liðu sunnan
at kom norðr í Nið
‘The wind-strong surf-animals [SHIPS] brought the very long planks of the hull past Stemmet. The steeds of the cool world [sea] [SEA > SHIPS] travelled in such a way from the south, that the capable army-speeder came north into Nidelven. ’
Þá gaf sínum
Þá gaf sínum
— segik þat — megi
‘Then the bold enjoyer of the glory-Jótar [DANISH KING = Knútr] gave his nephew the whole of Norway. Then he gave his son Denmark, the dark halls of the dale of swans [SEA]; I declare it. ’
Gjǫld hefk marka
malmdyns fyr hlyn
framm fimm tega
víghagr fyr brag
mannbaldr es ek fann.
‘I have most certainly brought forward before the maple of metal-din [BATTLE > WARRIOR] repayment for the fifty marks which the slaying-skilled battle-increaser [WARRIOR] gave me for a poem, when I met the outstanding man. ’
gǫrs leygs of bǫr
‘I have got a gold-man [GENEROUS RULER = Knútr]; Tøgdrápa (‘Journey drápa’) is made about the tree of the flame of the hail-storm of the path of the battle-beacon [SWORD > SHIELD > BATTLE > SWORD > WARRIOR]. ’
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