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Not published: do not cite ()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 

19 — Prose: Hr 35.5

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Cite as: Not published: do not cite (Prose: Hr 35.5)

Eptir þat ferr hann þangat, sem Hǫttr liggr. Bǫðvarr tekr hann upp ok berr þangat, sem dýrit liggr dautt. Hǫttr skelfr ákaft. Bǫðvarr mælir:
‘Nú skaltu drekka blóð dýrsins.’
Hann er lengi tregr, en þó þorir hann víst eigi annat. Bǫðvarr lætr hann drekka tvá sopa stóra. Hann lét hann ok eta nǫkkut af dýrshjartanu. Eptir þetta tók Bǫðvarr til hans, ok áttusk þeir við lengi.


After that he goes to the place where Hǫttr lies. Bǫðvarr pulls him up and carries [him] to the place where the beast lies dead. Hǫttr trembles violently. Bǫðvarr says, ‘Now you must drink the beast’s blood.’ He is unwilling for a while but nevertheless he certainly does not dare [to do] otherwise. Bǫðvarr makes him drink two big gulps. He makes him also eat some of the beast’s heart. After this Bǫðvarr seizes him, and they fight against [each other] for a long time.


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