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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísur from Sturlaugs saga starfsama — Anon (StSt)VIII (StSt)

Anonymous Lausavísur

Lausavísur from Sturlaugs saga starfsama — Margaret Clunies Ross

Not published: do not cite (Anon (StSt)VIII (StSt))


Kominn er Sturlaugr         inn starfsami
horn at sækja         ok hringa fjölð.
Hér er í húsi         at höfuðblóti
gull ok gersímar;         grimt er oss í hug.
‘Sturlaugr inn starfsami (‘the Industrious’) has come to fetch the horn and a multitude of rings. Here in the building there is gold and treasures for a major sacrifice; our mood is ugly.
Skal hann í helju         hvíldar njóta
ok margskonar         meina kenna.
Þá mun Sturlaugr         inn starfsami
með góma kvern         grafinn í stykki.
‘He shall enjoy rest in Hel and experience many kinds of injuries. Then Sturlaugr inn starfsami (‘the Industrious’) will be torn to shreds with the hand-mill of the gums [TEETH].

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