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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísur — Sjórs LvII

Sigurðr jórsalafari Magnússon

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Sigurðr jórsalafari Magnússon, 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. 467-9.


Búendr þykkja mér baztir;
byggt land ok friðr standi.
‘The farmers seem to me the best; may the populated land and the peace endure.
Villir vísdóm allan;
veldr því karl í feldi.
‘He confuses all wisdom; the man in the cloak causes that.
Skjótt bark skjǫld inn hvíta
— skald biðr, at goð valdi —
ár til eggja skúrar
ótrauðr, en frá rauðan.
Þat hefk hǫgg of hǫggvit
handvíst á Blálandi,
— goð ræðr sókn ok sigri —
svanni, þínum manni.
‘Earlier I, not unwilling, carried the white shield speedily to the shower of sword-blades [BATTLE], and [when I carried it] back [it was] red; the poet asks that God prevail. That sure blow I have struck for your husband in Africa, woman; God rules war and victory.

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