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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hákfl 4II/5 — allar ‘All’

Eim lék hyrr með himni;
hljóp eldr í sal feldan;
vítt hykk þegnum þóttu
þeim markar böl sveima.
Óðuz allar þjóðir
(eiðvandr) konungs reiði
(baugsendir rauð brýndan
brand í Vermalandi).

Hyrr lék eim með himni; eldr hljóp í feldan sal; hykk þeim þegnum þóttu böl markar sveima vítt. Allar þjóðir óðuz reiði konungs; eiðvandr baugsendir rauð brýndan brand í Vermalandi.

Fire played on fire against the sky; the flame leaped into the collapsed hall; I believe those men thought the harm of the forest [FIRE] was surging far and wide. All people feared the wrath of the king; the reliable ring-giver [GENEROUS MAN] reddened the sharpened sword in Värmland.


[5] allar þjóðir ‘all people’: Lit. ‘all peoples’ (pl.).



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