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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnSt Ht 16III/3 — ýr ‘the yew-bow’

Setr of vísa vitran
vígdrótt, en þar hníga,
ýr dregsk — við skotskúrum
skjaldborg, í gras aldir.
Vápnrjóðr stikar víða
(vellbrjótr á lǫg) spjótum
(þryngr at sverða sǫngvi
sóknharðr) þrǫmu jarðar.

Vígdrótt setr skjaldborg of vitran vísa við skotskúrum; ýr dregsk, en þar hníga aldir í gras. Vápnrjóðr stikar víða þrǫmu jarðar spjótum; sóknharðr vellbrjótr þryngr á lǫg at sǫngvi sverða.

The battle-retinue sets up a shield-wall around the wise leader against the showers of shots; the yew-bow is pulled, and there people sink down in the grass. The weapon-reddener [WARRIOR = Hákon] encloses the wide edges of the earth with spears; the battle-strong gold-breaker [GENEROUS MAN] advances on the ocean towards the song of swords [BATTLE].


[3] ýr: ‘vr’ U


[3] ýr ‘the yew-bow’: See Note to st. 11/1 above.



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