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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gestumbl Heiðr 6VIII (Heiðr 53)/3 — hálfr ‘half’

Hverr er sá inn mikli,         er mörgu ræðr,
        ok horfir til heljar hálfr?
*Öldum bergr         en við jörð sakaz,
        ef hann hefir sér vel traustan vin.
Heiðrekr konungr,         hyggðu at gátu.

Hverr er sá inn mikli, er ræðr mörgu, ok horfir hálfr til heljar? Bergr *öldum en sakaz við jörð, ef hann hefir sér vel traustan vin. Heiðrekr konungr, hyggðu at gátu.

Who is that, the great one, who governs much, and half [of him] turns to Hel? He protects men but contends with the earth, if he has for himself a well-trusted friend. King Heiðrekr, think about the riddle.

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