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Brandsdrápa — Skáldh BranddrIV

Skáldhallr

Skáldhallr, Brandsdrápa — Guðrún Nordal

Not published: do not cite (Skáldh BranddrIV)

 

Brandr drósk ýta undir,
atreið varð þá skatna,
brátt of breiðar sveitir,
búendr saman strendu;
þustu Vatsskarð vestan
vinir Brands ok svá handan,
skjótt frák heldr at hittisk
heraðs-drótt ok lið Fljóta.
 
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Brátt varð ferð at fréttum
fundr, á Haugsness grundu,
háttr, sás hǫldar ôttu,
(hlíf rauzk) fira lífi;
lagði lýðr, þars dugði
landfolk, saman randir,
ok fullharðra fyrða
fylkingar á gingusk.
 
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Ruddisk brýnum broddi,
Brandr neytti vel handa,
af þars eggjar skífðu,
auð-Baldr, hluti skjaldar;
geystusk geirar traustir,
gekk hrafn af því drekka,
fast at fyrða brjóstum,
fen dreyrugra benja.
 
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Gekk, þars geirar stukku,
goði várr með hjǫr roðnum
fystr í fylking trausta
framm ok Þórðr enn rammi;
fast hykk frændr at lysti,
ferð ofraði sverðum,
él varð Yggjar bála
ǫndurt, saman rǫndum.
 
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Harðr frák heldr at yrði
Hildar leikr, þars gildir
baugskerðandar bǫrðusk;
bitu sverð í hlym rítar;
Yggs varð annarr tveggja,
at gingusk þá skatnar,
odda meiðr í óðu
alls gnýhreggi falla.
 
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Létu líf fyr spjótum,
lásk eigi þar háski,
sungu vôpn á vangi
víghljóð, búendr góðir;
vítt lá valr á grýttu,
varð tafn búit hrafni,
gunnar már of gaurum
gall, Haugsnesi fallinn.
 
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