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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísa — Arn LvII

Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson

Diana Whaley 2009, ‘ Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, 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. 280-1. <> (accessed 24 September 2021)


Drengrs í gegn at ganga
— gótts fylgja vel dróttni —
— ǫld leynik því aldri —
ófúss syni Brúsa.
Oss’s, ef jarlar þessir
ógnbráðir til ráðask,
— hǫrð mun vinraun verða —
vandligr kostr fyr hǫndum.
‘[This] warrior is not keen to go against the son of Brúsi [= Rǫgnvaldr]; I shall never conceal that from men; it is good to support one’s lord well. I [lit. we] have a hard choice on my hands, if these battle-hasty jarls attack one another; a harsh ordeal of friendship will come about.

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