Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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3. Skáldskaparmál — chs 1-6 (Skm) - 45

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Skáldskaparmál — chs 1-6

Not published: do not cite ()

prose sections:  1.1   1.2   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   2.5   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   4.1   4.2   4.3   5.1   5.2   5.3   5.4   5.5   5.6   5.7   5.8   5.9   5.10   5.11   6.1   6.2   6.3   6.4   6.5   6.6   6.7   6.8   6.9   6.10   6.11   6.12   6.13   24.1   24.2   24.3   24.4   24.5   24.6 

1 — Prose: Skm 1.1

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Cite as: Not published: do not cite (Prose: Skm 1.1)

Einn maðr er nefndr Ægir eða Hlér. Hann bjó í eyju þeiri, er er kǫlluð Hlésey. Hann var mjǫk fjǫlkunnigr. Hann gerði ferð sína til Ásgarðs, en er Æsir vissu fyrir ferð hans, ok var honum fagnat vel ok þó margir hlutir með sjónhverfingum. Ok um kveldit, er drekka skyldi, þá lét Óðinn bera inn í hǫllina sverð ok váru svá bjǫrt, at þar af lýsti, ok var ekki haft ljós annat, meðan við drykkju var setit.


A man was called Ægir or Hlér. He lived on the island which is now called Hlésey. He was very knowledgable in magic. He made his way to Ásgarðr, and Æsir knew [of it] before his journey and he was greeted well but nevertheless many things [were] not as they appeared. And in the evening, when they should drink, then Óðinn had swords brought into the hall, and they were so bright that it shone from [them] and no other light was used while they were [it was] seated for drinking.


GKS 2367 4° (R) 18r, 1 - 18r, 6 (SnE)  image  image  image  -
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