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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 46VII/2 — sár ‘of the wound’

Enn lætk sagðan svinnum
sárklungrs viðum þungan
hôtt, þats hvern dag ættim
hræðask, framm í kvæði.
Þjóð mun sýna síðan
slœmr miskunnar dœmi,
— ek skylda þó aldri
ugglauss — þaus mik hugga.

Enn lætk sagðan framm í kvæði svinnum viðum sárklungrs þungan hôtt, þats ættim hræðask hvern dag. Slœmr mun síðan sýna þjóð dœmi miskunnar, þaus hugga mik — ek skylda þó aldri ugglauss.

Further I will relate in the poem to the wise trees of the wound-thorn [SWORD > WARRIORS], the oppressive way of life concerning that which we should fear every day. The slœmr will then show people examples of mercy, which comfort me — yet I ought never [be] without fear.


[2] sárklungrs: sárklungr B




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