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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísur — Ýma LvVIII (HjǪ)

Ýma trǫllkona

Ýma trǫllkona, Lausavísur — Richard L. Harris

Not published: do not cite (Ýma LvVIII (HjǪ))


Illa kveðr þú til mín;         því muntu, inn ungi,
fyrstr hafðr á seyði         af seggjum þínum.
Má sjá in hoska mær         þerra sína ljósa lokka
        með gullofnum dúki.
‘You speak ill to me; thus you, young one, will be put on the fire first of your men. The wise maid can be seen to dry her bright locks with a gold-woven cloth.
Víst gleðr mik eitt,         þótt vitir eigi,
jöfurr inn ógndjarfi,         hvat um er at vera.
Munu systr mínar         at nái gera
út á herskipum         alla menn þína.
‘One thing certainly gladdens me, terror-bold prince, though you do not know how things stand. My sisters will turn all your men into corpses out on the warships.

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