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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Magndr 11II/7 — ǫld ‘men’

Svá hlóð siklingr hôvan
snarr af ulfa barri
(hrósak hugfulls vísa)
hrækǫst (fira* ævi),
at áleggjar Yggjar
allnôttfǫrull máttit,
ǫld lá vítt — þótt vildi,
vífs marr yfir klífa.

Snarr siklingr hlóð svá hôvan hrækǫst af barri ulfa—hrósak ævi hugfulls vísa fira*—, at allnôttfǫrull marr vífs Yggjar áleggjar máttit klífa yfir, þótt vildi; ǫld lá vítt.

The keen sovereign heaped up so high a corpse-mound of wolves’ barley [CORPSES]—I praise the life of the mettlesome leader of men—that, ever prowling by night, the steed of the wife of the Yggr <= Óðinn> of the river-limb [ROCK > GIANT > GIANTESS > WOLF] could not scale it, though he longed to; men were strewn widely.



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