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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísur — Ólhv LvII

Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson

Lauren Goetting 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Óláfr hvítaskáld Þórðarson, 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. 670-2.


Nús, þats flaust ór festum
flýtr hertoga ins nýta;
né fákr á ver víka
veðrsollit kom betri.
‘Now the ship of the capable duke dashes from its moorings; a better horse of bays [SHIP] has not ventured on the storm-swollen sea.
Tjón hǫfum Birkibeina,
bǫðhraustr, fregit austan,
brátt mun bug þann rétta
bragningr, ef vel hagnar.
Virðendr munu verða
vápnglyms funa ymsir
— veitk, at vart hefr Knúti
vegnat — brǫgðum fegnir.
‘We have learned from the east about the destruction of the Birkibeinar; the battle-daring king will soon set that right, if all goes well. The esteemers of the flame of weapon-noise [BATTLE > SWORD > WARRIORS] will in turn be gladdened by the exploits; I know that it has gone badly for Knútr.

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