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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Love poem — Ólsv LoveIII

Óláfr svartaskáld Leggsson

Kari Ellen Gade 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Óláfr svartaskáld Leggsson, Love poem’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 316.


Freyju angan leygjar.
‘The delight of the Freyja <goddess> of the flame.
Hǫg leit hvarma skógar
hlaðnorn við mér stjǫrnum.
‘The accomplished norn of the headband [WOMAN] looked at me with her stars of the forest of eyelids [EYELASHES > EYES].
Kœnn njóti vel vænnar
vinr minn konu sinnar
— víst esat dapr of drósir
drengr — ok eigi lengi.
‘May my wise friend enjoy his fair wife well and keep [her] for a long time; indeed, the man is not downcast on account of women.

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