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Lausavísur — Sigm LvII

Sigmundr ǫngull

Judith Jesch 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Sigmundr ǫngull, 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. 626-8.

 

Ér berið aptr, es várar,
orð þau Skǫgul borða
fjallrifs fægiþellu
fleyvangs til Orkneyja,
at engr, þars slǫg sungu,
seggr und kastals veggi,
ár, þótt ellri væri,
ítr drengr framar gengi.
 
‘Carry back, when it is spring, across the ship-plain [SEA] to the Orkneys, these words to the Skǫgul <valkyrie> of the trimming [WOMAN], the polishing fir-tree of the mountain rib [STONE > WOMAN], that no man, splendid fellow, even if he were older, went further forward under the wall of the castle where weapons sang early.
Knút munk þembiþrjóti
þeim, es nú sitr heima,
— satts, at heldr hǫfum hættan
hans kind — í dag binda.
 
‘I will today tie a knot for the swollen stubborn fellow who is now sitting at home; it is true that we have rather risked his offspring.
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