Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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4. Hrólfs saga kraka — chs 34-35 (Hr) - 27

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Hrólfs saga kraka — chs 34-35

Not published: do not cite ()

prose sections:  34.1   34.2   34.3   34.4   34.5   34.6   34.7   34.8   34.9   34.10   34.11   34.12   34.13   34.14   35.1   35.2   35.3   35.4   35.5   35.6   35.7   35.8   35.9   35.10   35.11   35.12   35.13 

23 — Prose: Hr 35.9

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Cite as: Not published: do not cite (Prose: Hr 35.9)

Konungr horfði á dýrit ok mælti síðan:
‘Øngva ek fǫr á dýrinu, en hverr vill taka kaup til ok ganga í móti því?’
Bǫðvarr mælti: ‘Þat væri næsta hrausts manns forvitnisbót. Hǫttr félagi, rektu af þér illmæli þat, at menn láta, sem engi krellr eðr dugr muni í þér vera. Farþú ok dreptu dýrit. Máttu sjá, at enginn er allfúss til annarra.’

 

The king turned to the beast and said then, ‘I see no life in the beast, but who will now claim the reward for it and go against it?’ Bǫðvarr said, ‘That would be a cure for curiosity for the most brave man; Hǫttr, friend, drive the slander from yourself that men have placed on you, as if no courage nor spirit are in you. Go now and kill the beast. You must see that no-one is very keen to [do] otherwise.’

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