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Lausavísa — GullásÞ LvII

Gullásu-Þórðr

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Gullásu-Þórðr, 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. 471-2.

 

Nú tekr ýgr at œgja
ofkúgi mér drjúgum;
þinn hefr hǫlðr of hlannat
hjaldrgegninn mik tjaldi.
Trautt munk lausan láta,
linnbóls gjafi, at sinni
vísan þjóf, þótt váfi
vôn mín und hlut þínum.
 
‘Now the fierce oppressor begins to frighten me excessively; your pugnacious man has stolen the awning from me. Bestower of the snake-lair [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN], I’m reluctant to release a proven thief this time, although my future may hang upon your decision.
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