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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísur — Ormarr LvVIII (Heiðr)


Ormarr, Lausavísur — Hannah Burrows

Not published: do not cite (Ormarr LvVIII (Heiðr))


Skal ek víst ríða         ok rönd bera,
Gotna þjóðum         gunni at heyja.
‘I shall certainly ride and bear a shield, to wage war with the people of the Goths.
Sunnan em ek kominn         at segja spjöll þessi:
sviðin er öll         Myrkviðar heiðr,
drifin öll Gotþjóð         gumna blóði.
‘I have come from the south to relate these words: all Myrkviðr’s heath is scorched, all the land of the Goths sprayed with the blood of men.
Mey veit ek Heiðreks,         …
systur þína,         svigna til jarðar.
Hafa Húnar         hana felda,
ok marga aðra         yðra þegna.
‘I know Heiðrekr’s girl, … your sister, to have sunk to the earth. The Huns have felled her, and many others of your men.
Léttari gerðiz hon at böð*         en við biðil ræða,
eða í bekk at fara         at brúðargangi.
‘She became more at ease with battle than with talking with a suitor, or with going to the bench in the bridal procession.

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