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Lausavísa from Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar in Heimskringla — Anon (ÓTHkr)I

Anonymous Lausavísur

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lausavísa from Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar in Heimskringla’ 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. 1073.

 

Þás sparn á mó Maurnis
morðkunnr Haraldr sunnan,
vas þá Vinða myrðir
vax eitt, í ham faxa;
en bergsalar Birgir
bǫndum rækr í landi
— þat sá ǫld — í jǫldu
óríkr fyrir líki.
 
‘When the battle-famed Haraldr kicked against the heath of Maurnir [?] from the south in the form of a stallion, the killer of the Wends [DANISH KING = Haraldr] was then nothing but wax; and the powerless Birgir, deserving to be driven out by the deities of the rock-hall [GIANTS] in the land, [was] in front in the shape of a mare; people saw that.
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