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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísa — Þklypp LvI

Þorkell klyppr Þórðarson

R. D. Fulk 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þorkell klyppr Þórðarson, Lausavísa’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 269.


Hygg eigi beð byggva,
bjórranns, hjá þér, Nanna,
— ek em af angri miklu
ófrýnn — né svá dýnu.
Ok dauðs vallar dáðar
(drekk eigi,) mér þekkja
(áðr í bragnings blóði
bengjóði nef rjóðum).
‘I do not intend to occupy a bed, and certainly not a feather bed, beside you, Nanna <goddess> of the beer-mansion [DRINKING HORN > WOMAN]; I am grimacing from great anguish. And accomplishments of the field of death are agreeable to me; I shall not drink before we [I] redden the beak of the wound-osprey [RAVEN/EAGLE] in the blood of the prince.

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