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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 20II/3 — ǫld ‘the people’

Létu lystir sleitu
landkarlar gram varla
— gerði ǫld á jǫrðu
ódœmi — lǫg sœma.
En, því ráði þjóðar,
þeim brutu troll, es ollu,
hæls í hleypikjóla
hrís andskotum vísa.

Landkarlar lystir sleitu létu varla gram sœma lǫg; ǫld gerði ódœmi á jǫrðu. En troll brutu hrís í hleypikjóla hæls þeim andskotum vísa, es ollu því ráði þjóðar.

The landsmen, eager for strife, hardly allowed the king to honour the law; the people committed outrage in the land. But trolls broke brushwood in the speeding ships of the heel [SHOES] of those adversaries of the prince who directed that action of the people.


[3] ǫld: ǫllum H



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