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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 76III/1 — skreyttr ‘The adorned’

Skjǫldr brast skreyttr í hjaldri;
skôrusk randir * brandi;
rít hykk malmar meittu;
mǫrg vôpn … tǫrgur.
Hlífð frák karlmenn kljúfa;
kyn jǫfra skar brynjur;
sungu slǫg við hringa;
sundr brast hjalmr fyr malmi.

Skreyttr skjǫldr brast í hjaldri; randir skôrusk * brandi; hykk malmar meittu rít; mǫrg vôpn … tǫrgur. Frák karlmenn kljúfa hlífð; kyn jǫfra skar brynjur; slǫg sungu við hringa; hjalmr brast sundr fyr malmi.

The adorned shield burst in the battle; shield-rims were cut by the blade; I believe swords sliced the shield; many weapons … targes. I heard that men split the shield; the kinsman of princes [RULER = Magnús] cut byrnies; weapons sang against byrnie-rings; the helmet burst asunder before the sword.


[1] skreyttr: so R683ˣ, ‘scræijter’ papp25ˣ



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