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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gestumbl Heiðr 15VIII (Heiðr 62)/1 — Hvat ‘What’

Hvat er þat undra,         er ek úti sá
        fyrir Dellings durum?
Lýðum lýsir,         en loga gleypir
        ok keppaz um þat vargar ávalt.
Heiðrekr konungr,         hyggðu at gátu.

Hvat er undra þat, er ek sá úti fyrir durum Dellings? Lýsir lý́ðum, en gleypir loga, ok vargar keppaz ávalt um þat. Heiðrekr konungr, hyggðu at gátu.

What is the wonder that I saw outside before Dellingr’s doors? It gives light to men, but swallows flame, and wolves always compete for it. King Heiðrekr, think about the riddle.

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[1-3] abbrev. as ‘hvd er þ̿ er’ 281ˣ, abbrev. as ‘hvad er þad er597bˣ

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