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Breiðskeggsdrápa — Blakkr BreiðdrII

Blakkr

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Blakkr, Breiðskeggsdrápa’ 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. 647-51.

 

Bjǫrt kveða brenna kerti
Breiðskeggs yfir leiði;
ljóss veitk at mun missa
meir hǫfðingi þeira.
Vitumat vánir betri
— vér hugðumk því brugðit —
— þollr fekk illt með ǫllu
ǫrþings — af gǫrningum.
 
‘They say bright candles are burning above Breiðskeggr’s grave; I know that their chieftain may rather be lacking in light. We [I] do not know that he has better expectations from his undertakings; we [I] thought an end had been put to that; the tree of the arrow-assembly [BATTLE > WARRIOR] was wretched in all respects.
Hafði, hér meðan lifði,
hvárttveggja Breiðskeggi:
— nús friðspillir fallinn —
fæst gótt ok dul hæsta.
 
‘Breiðskeggi had, while he lived here, two qualities: the least goodness and the greatest conceit; now the peace-spoiler has fallen.
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