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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Magn 4II/2 — ǫld ‘men’

Spurði einu orði
ǫld blóðroðna skjǫldu,
satts, at svá mǫrg átti —
Selunds mær, hverr vé bæri.
Auðtróðu varð auðit
yfir of skóg at spróga;
títt bar týmargr flótti
til Hringstaða iljar.

Mær Selunds spurði einu orði, hverr bæri vé; satts, at svá mǫrg ǫld átti blóðroðna skjǫldu. Auðtróðu varð auðit at spróga yfir of skóg; týmargr flótti bar títt iljar til Hringstaða.

The maiden in Sjælland (Selund, Zealand) learned in a single word who carried the standard; it is true that so many men had blood-reddened shields. For the wealth-pole [WOMAN] her lot was to dash through the forest; a great many fugitives took their soles [feet] speedily to Ringsted (Hringstaðir).



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