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Lausavísur — Heiðr LvVIII (Ǫrv)

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Heiðr, Lausavísur — Margaret Clunies Ross

Not published: do not cite (Heiðr LvVIII (Ǫrv))

 

Ægðu eigi mér,         Oddr á Jaðri,
eldiskíðu,         þótt ýmist geipum.
Saga mun sannaz,         sú er segir völva;
öll veit hon ýta         ørlög fyrir.
 
‘Do not threaten me, Oddr from Jæren, with a firestick, though we [I] babble of this and that. That tale the prophetess tells will be proven true; she foretells all destinies of men.
Ferr þú eigi svá         fjörðu breiða
né líðr yfir         langa vága,
þótt sær um þik         sægjum gangi;
þó skaltu brenna         á Berurjóðri.
 
‘You will never travel thus over broad firths nor sail across long bays, though the sea may surge in billows around you; yet you will burn at Berurjóðr.
Naðr mun þik höggva         neðan á fæti,
fránn ór fornum         Faxa hausi.
 
‘A snake will strike you from below on the leg, gleaming from the ancient skull of Faxi.
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