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Jǫk Lv 2I

Diana Whaley (ed.) 2012, ‘Jǫkull Bárðarson, Lausavísur 2’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 815.

Jǫkull BárðarsonLausavísur
12

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Svíða sôr af mœði;
setit hefk opt við betra;
unds á oss, sús sprændi
ótrauð legi rauðum.
Byss mér blóð ór þessi
ben; ték við þrek venjask;
verpr hjalmgǫfugr hilmir
heiðsær á mik reiði.

Sôr svíða af mœði; hefk opt setit við betra; unds á oss, sús sprændi ótrauð rauðum legi. Blóð byss mér ór þessi ben; ték venjask við þrek; hjalmgǫfugr, heiðsær hilmir verpr reiði á mik.
 
‘Wounds are burning from exhaustion; I have often sat through better; there is a gash on us [me], which has spurted, unstinting, red liquid. My blood gushes from this wound; I am becoming used to acts of courage; the helmet-noble, revered ruler hurls his anger at me.

notes and context

A considerable while after the incident attached to Lv 1, Jǫkull is captured in Gotland by Óláfr’s men, and executed in the king’s presence. Jǫkull jerks as the blow is struck, so that it hits his head rather than neck, and hence has a few moments to sit up and compose the stanza before dying of the wound.

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