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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Sturl Hryn 16II/3 — öldum ‘waves’

Ærin, var, sem elding færi
(inn um borð) á lægi norðan,
(öldum varp) er húfum helduð,
hilmis kundr, til jörmungrundar.
Víða þurðu vísa ferðar
veglig flaust und búnu segli;
geiga létuð gyltar sýjur,
grundar vörðr, at Eyrarsundi.

Var, sem ærin elding færi norðan á lægi, kundr hilmis, er helduð húfum til jörmungrundar; varp öldum inn um borð. Veglig flaust vísa ferðar þurðu víða und búnu segli; vörðr grundar, létuð gyltar sýjur geiga at Eyrarsundi.

It was as if a great flash of lightning travelled from the north across the sea, son of the ruler [= Hákon], when you brought the hulls to the vast land; waves were thrown in over the gunwale. Magnificent ships of the leader of the troop raced far and wide under the adorned sail; defender of the land [KING], you let gilded ships drift to Øresund.

readings

[3] öldum: öllum E, G

notes

[3] öldum varp ‘waves were thrown’: The verb is used impersonally with öldum (f. dat. pl.) as the object.

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