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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Poem about Þórr — EVald ÞórrIII

Eysteinn Valdason

Margaret Clunies Ross 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Eysteinn Valdason, Poem about Þórr’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 185.


Sín bjó Sifjar rúni
snarla framm með karli
— hornstraum getum Hrímnis
hrœra — veiðarfœri.
‘The confidant of Sif <goddess> [= Þórr] quickly brought out his fishing gear with the old fellow; we [I] can stir the horn-stream of Hrímnir <giant> [POETRY].
Leit á brattrar brautar
baug hvassligum augum
— œstisk áðr at flausti
ǫggs búð — faðir Þrúðar.
‘The father of Þrúðr <goddess> [= Þórr] stared with piercing eyes at the ring of the steep road [= Miðgarðsormr]; previously the dwelling of the redfish [SEA] surged against the boat.
Svá brá viðr, at sýjur
seiðr renndi fram breiðar
jarðar; út at borði
Ulls mágs hnefar skullu.
‘So it came about, that the saithe of the earth [= Miðgarðsormr] made the broad rivetted planks slide forward; the fists of the kinsman of Ullr <god> [= Þórr] banged out on the gunwale.

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