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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Gyð 2VII/4 — Miklagarði ‘Constantinople’

Út var einn, sá er veita
unnleyg* firum kunni,
beitir bráðra sóta
barðs í Miklagarði.
Fúrbrigðir vann frægðar
fjölmætr og ágætis
Hlies við hirðiásu
hafleygjar sier aflað.

Út í Miklagarði var einn beitir bráðra sóta barðs, sá er kunni veita firum unnleyg*. Fjölmætr Hlies fúrbrigðir vann sier aflað frægðar og ágætis við hirðiásu hafleygjar.

Out in Constantinople there was a certain steerer of the swift steeds of the prow [SHIPS > SEAFARER], one who knew how to grant men wave-flame [GOLD]. The very distinguished spreader of the fire of Hlér <sea-god> [(lit. ‘fire-spreader of Hlér’) GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] succeeded in earning fame and glory for himself from the guardian-gods of the wave-flame [GOLD > GENEROUS MEN].


[4] Miklagarði: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘micla[...]di’ B, ‘micla[...]ardi’ BRydberg, BFJ


[4] Miklagarði (dat.): Constantinople or Byzantium, modern Istanbul.



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