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Lausavísur from Landnámabók — Anon (Ldn)IV

Anonymous Lausavísur

Lausavísur from Landnámabók — Richard Perkins

Not published: do not cite (Anon (Ldn)IV)

 

Einn byggvik stǫð steina
stafnrúm Atals hrafni,
esat of þegn á þiljum
þrǫng, býk á mar ranga;
rúm's bǫðvitrum betra
(brimdýri knák stýra),
lifa mun þat með lofðum
lengr, an ilt of gengi.
 
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Vask þars fell af fjalli
flóðkorn jǫtuns móður
hám bergrisa ór himni
heiðins á náleiðar,
gerir fár jǫtunn fleiri
fold í vingamoldu
hǫmlu heiðar þrumlu
hamváta mér báta.
 
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Bersi brunninrazi
beit geit fyr Herjolfi,
en Herjolfr hokinrazi
hefndi geitr á bersa.
 
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Mangi hugði manna
morðkannaðra annat,
ísarns meiðr, an æsir
almœrir þar fœri,
þás á Þorskafjarðar
þing með ennitinglum
holtvartaris Hjalta
harðfengs synir gengu.
 
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Fork lætr æ sem orkar
atglamrandi hamra
á glotkylli gjalla
Geirildar hví meira;
járnstafr skapar œrna,
eru sollin rif trolli,
hár á Hjaltaeyri
hríð kerlingar síðu.
 
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Snjallr á haug á hellu,
Hjaldr á búð til kalda,
vekið ér í dag dreyra
drótt; nú's sigr á spjótum;
valdr man hitt at hildar
hlæjandi rauðk blæju
(skjǫld nefnik svá) skǫfnum
skjóma fyrstr at rómu.
 
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Mín stóð búð síz, brœðra
(brann) gekk hvárr fyr annan
(hǫll) ok heldum snjallir,
hér fellum, þá velli;
hrósar hug fyr vísa
Hjaldr, eru víg til sjaldan,
gleðr oss þat's val Viðri
veitk þik gefa teitan.
 
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Hljópk í haug enn forna,
hvílt hefk lengr of morna,
létk á braut of borna
beltis hringju Korna.
 
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