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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísa — Ǫlvǫr LvVIII (Ǫrv)


Ǫlvǫr, Lausavísa — Margaret Clunies Ross

Not published: do not cite (Ǫlvǫr LvVIII (Ǫrv))


Serk um frák ór silki
í sex stöðum görvan;
ermr á Íralandi
önnur norðr með Finnum.
Slógu Saxa meyjar,
en suðreyskar spunnu;
váfu valskar drósir;
varp Óþjóðans móðir.
‘I have heard of a silken shirt made in six places; a sleeve in Ireland, another north among the Saami. Maidens of the Saxons struck [the weft], and Hebrideans spun; southern women wove; Óþjóðann’s mother cast [the warp].

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