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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hálfr Innkv 5VIII (Hálf 23)/2 — hjálm ‘a helmet’

Gefa mun ek hverjum         hjálm ok brynju
frækna drengja,         er fylgja mér.
Þat mun at líta,         sem logi brenni
skjöldungs liði         um skarar fjöllum.

Ek mun gefa hverjum frækna drengja, er fylgja mér, hjálm ok brynju. Þat mun at líta, sem logi brenni um fjöllum skarar liði skjöldungs.

I shall give to each of the brave warriors who follow me a helmet and a byrnie. That will look as if a flame were burning around the mountains of hair [HEADS] of the prince’s host.


[2] hjálm: ‘hiaml’ 2845


[2] hjálm ok brynju ‘a helmet and a byrnie’: Bugge (Hálf 1864) emends the line to hjálm gullroðinn ‘gold-covered helmet’ because to his mind ok brynju is not consistent with the content of the second helmingr.



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