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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísa — Þsvart LvII

Þorbjǫrn svarti

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Þorbjǫrn svarti, Lausavísa’ 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. 624-5.


Vask í hirð með herði
hjǫrþeys í Orkneyjum;
réð folkstara fœðir
fyrr of vetr til styrjar.
Nú berum rǫnd með reyndum
raunsnarliga jarli
ǫrt á úrga vǫrtu
Akrsborg fríamorgin.
‘I was in the retinue with the strengthener of sword-wind [BATTLE > WARRIOR] in the Orkneys; the feeder of the fight-starling [RAVEN > WARRIOR] went to battle earlier in the winter. Now we [I] carry the shield very quickly with the tested jarl, bravely towards the wet gate, Acre, on a Friday morning.

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