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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gestumbl Heiðr 31VIII (Heiðr 78)/4 — hlaun ‘buttock’

Hest sá ek standa;         hýddi meri,
dúði dyndil,         drap hlaun und kvið.
Ór skal draga         ok †gjöpta† at góða stund.
Heiðrekr konungr,         hyggðu at gátu.

Ek sá hest standa; hýddi meri, dúði dyndil, hlaun drap und kvið. Ór skal draga ok †gjöpta† at góða stund. Heiðrekr konungr, hyggðu at gátu.

I saw a stallion stand; it flogged a mare, shook the penis, buttock beat under belly. [It] shall draw out and … a good while. King Heiðrekr, think about the riddle.


[4] hlaun: laun all


[4] hlaun ‘buttock’: A hap. leg. in poetry. The emendation is made by all eds.



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