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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísur — Heiðv LvVIII (Hrólf)

Heiðr vǫlva

Heiðr vǫlva, Lausavísur — †Desmond Slay

†Desmond Slay (forthcoming), ‘ Heiðr vǫlva, Lausavísur’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. . <> (accessed 23 September 2021)


Tveir eru menn,         — trúi ek hvárugum —
þeir er við elda         ítrir sitja.
‘There are two men, who sit glorious by the fires; I trust neither.
Þeir er í Vifilsey         váru lengi
ok hétu þar         hunda nöfnum
        Hoppr ok Hó.
‘They who were in Vifilsey for a long time and were called there by dogs’ names, Hoppr and Hó.
Sé ek, hvar sitja         synir Hálfdanar
Hróarr ok Helgi         heilir báðir.
Þeir munu Fróða         fjörvi ræna.
‘I see where the sons of Hálfdan sit, Hróarr and Helgi, both well. They will rob Fróði of life.
Ötul eru augu         Hams ok Hrana;
eru öðlingar         undra djarfir.
‘The eyes of Hamr and Hrani are fierce; the princes are wondrously bold.

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