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Lausavísur — Hjǫrtr LvII

Hjǫrtr

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Hjǫrtr, 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. 344-7.

 

Þrøngvir gulli
gramr fast saman;
veitir Sýrar
sonr fáskonar.
Land skyldi lítit
laf-Hamðir hafa;
þá myndi hauldum
Haraldr svara.
 
‘The ruler gathers gold forcefully; Sýr’s son [= Haraldr] gives away little. Laf-Hamðir (‘Slouch-Hamðir’) should get little land; then Haraldr might answer the men.
Hafr es úti        hvítr í túni;
skúmir augum,        hefr skegg mikit,
brestir klaufum,        vill bǫrn taka;
sás geitarson        gerr við erru.
 
‘A billy-goat is outside, white, in the yard; he grows dark in the eyes, has a huge beard, bangs his hoofs, wants to take children; he is a goat’s son, ready for a quarrel.
Munat í vári        vestr langskipum
hugragr of haf        Haraldr fara.
Því mun lengi        lafhræddr konungr
alls andvani        Englands ok vegs.
 
‘Cowardly-minded Haraldr will not travel on long-ships west across the sea this spring. Therefore the terror-stricken king will long be bereft of all England and of honour.
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