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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálfsvísa — Þul KálfvIII

Anonymous Þulur

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Kálfsvísa’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 663.


Dagr reið Drǫsli         en Dvalinn Móðni,
Hǫð Hjálmþér         en Haki Fáki.
Reið bani Belja         Blóðughófa
en Skævaði         skati Haddingja.
‘Dagr rode Drǫsull and Dvalinn Móðnir, Hjálmþér Hǫðr and Haki Fákr. The slayer of Beli <giant> [= Freyr] rode Blóðughófi and the champion of the Haddingjar <legendary family> [= Helgi] Skævaðr.
Vésteinn Vali         en Vifill Stúfi,
Meinþjófr Mói         en Morginn Vakri.
‘Vésteinn [rode] Valr and Vifill Stúfr, Meinþjófr Mór and Morginn Vakr.
Áli Hrafni,         — til íss riðu —
en annarr austr         und Aðilsi
grár hvarfaði         geiri undaðr.
‘Áli [rode] Hrafn – they rode to the ice –, and another one, a grey one wounded by a spear, staggered to the east under Aðils.
Bjǫrn reið Blakki         en Bíarr Kerti,
Atli Glaumi         en Aðils Slungni,
Hǫgni Hǫlkvi         en Haraldr Fǫlkvi,
Gunnarr Gota         en Grana Sigurðr.
‘Bjǫrn rode Blakkr and Bíarr Kǫrtr, Atli Glaumr and Aðils Slungnir, Hǫgni Hǫlkvir and Haraldr Fǫlkvir, Gunnarr Goti and Sigurðr Grani.

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