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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mgóð Lv 2II/3 — uggik ‘I care’

Margr kveðr sér at sorgum
sverðrjóðr alin* verða
uggik allítt seggja
ótta — búkarls dóttur.
Enn, ef einhver bannar
eld-Gefn fyr mér svefna,
víst veldr siklings systir
svinn andvǫku minni.

Margr sverðrjóðr kveðr dóttur búkarls verða alin* sér at sorgum; uggik allítt ótta seggja. Enn, ef einhver eld-Gefn bannar svefna fyr mér, veldr víst svinn systir siklings andvǫku minni.

Many a sword-reddener [WARRIOR] claims that a farmer’s daughter was born to cause him sorrow; I care very little for men’s fear. Yet, if a certain fire-Gefn <= Freyja> [WOMAN] denies me sleep, it is certainly the sagacious sister of the ruler who causes my unrest.


[3] uggik (‘vggi ec’): ‘uggek’ Flat



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