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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal, 62 [Vol. 3, 1173]

[5-8]: The present edn follows Skald and SnE 2007. Skj B, following Sveinbjörn Egilsson (SnE 1848-87, III), renders the second helmingr as follows: Mistar regni heldr of fjǫrnis foldir vísi skiptir [W variant] svá boga driptum –, folkskúrum lýstr of hilmi hraustan; fregnum hans styr, translated as valkyriens regn raser omkring hovederne; – fyrsten styrer således buens hagl –; sværdbygerne slår ned omkring den tapre fyrste; vi hører fortælle om hans kamp ‘the valkyrie’s rain rages around the heads; the lord controls the bow’s hail thus; the sword-showers beat down around the brave lord; we hear of his battle’. This results in a highly tortuous word order (see the discussion in SnE 2007, 65).


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