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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísur — HSn LvII

Hallr Snorrason

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Hallr Snorrason, Lausavísur’ 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. 636-8.


Glymvǫllu rístr gulli
(góðs stillis fǫr) Róða
Óláfssúð und auði
(auðgrimms) búin rauðu.
Nús œgr ór fǫr frægri
— fellr húfr í svig dúfu
svelldr — með sœmð ok mildi
siklingr kominn hingat.
‘Óláfssúð (‘Óláfr’s ship’), adorned with red gold, furrows the resounding field of Róði <sea-king> [SEA] bearing riches; the voyage of the wealth-fierce leader is good. Now the awe-inspiring lord has come here from the famous journey with glory and generosity; the bloated ship-side sinks into the curve of the billow.
Berr fyr Holm, þars harri,
hlýrs fagrgota, stýrir;
stôl bruna rauð á reyðar
rymvǫll und gram snjǫllum.
Frægrs með fremð ok sigri
— folkbráðr konungr háði
darraþing við drengi —
dǫglingr kominn hingat.
‘The fair steed of the stem [SHIP] is swept past Holmen, where the lord steers; the red prows speed on the roaring field of the whale [SEA] beneath the wise ruler. The famous leader has come here with honour and victory; the battle-quick king waged a spear-assembly [BATTLE] against warriors.

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