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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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EirRagn Lv 2VIII (Ragn 12)/7 — bræðra ‘brothers’

Munat eins konungs efni,
svá at ek vita dæmi,
á dýrra beð deyja
til dagverðar hrafni.
Mun blóði þá bróður
ok bráð yfir gjalla
bræðra beggja slíta
blár, þó at illa leyni.

Efni eins konungs munat, svá at ek vita dæmi, deyja á dýrra beð til dagverðar hrafni. Þá mun blár slíta blóði bróður ok gjalla yfir bráð beggja bræðra, þó at illa leyni.

Not a single future king, as far as I know [any] examples, will die on a more glorious bed as breakfast for the raven. Then the black one will consume the blood of [my] brother, and scream above the raw flesh of both brothers, even though it conceals badly [what it is doing].


[7] bræðra beggja: ‘hridr veggia’ 1824b



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