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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Orrostu heiti — Þul OrrostuIII

Anonymous Þulur

Elena Gurevich 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Orrostu heiti’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 786.


Þau eru heiti:         hjaldr ok rimma,
Gǫll, Geirahǫð         ok Geirþriful,
róg ok róma,         Randgríðr ok storð,
Svipul ok snerra,         sig, folk, jara.
‘These are the heiti: din and fray, Gǫll, Geirahǫð and Geirþriful, strife and clash, Randgríðr and tumult, Svipul and fight, battle, war, attack.
Sóta, morð ok víg,         sókn ok íð,
dolg, ógn, tara,         drima ok ímun,
þá es orrosta,         ok ørlygi,
hríð ok etja,         Herþǫgn, þrima.
‘Struggle, killing and slaughter, assault and deed, enmity, terror, combat, noise and onslaught, then there is battle, and doom, storm and agression, Herþǫgn, din.

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