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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísa — Játg LvII

Játgeirr Torfason

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Játgeirr Torfason, Lausavísa’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 652-3.


Rjóðr, sák hlœkinn heðna,
hjaldrdrifs, á Kýrfjalli,
stirðaurriða storðar,
stórfjarri mér Þóri.
Þat frák líkn, þás lékum,
lungtorgs, við Ribbunga:
dásinn lá við dísi
dvergranns í Túnsbergi.
‘Reddener of the stiff trout of the land of the battle-blizzard [ARROWS > SHIELD > SWORD > WARRIOR], I saw cuddly Þórir heðinn (‘Woolly-shirt’) very far from me on Kýrfjall. I heard this to be the comfort of his lung’s market-place [HEART] when we played with the Ribbungar: the sluggard lay with the dís <minor female deity> of the dwarf-house [STONE > WOMAN] in Tønsberg.

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