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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Heil 23VII/5 — miskunn ‘mercy’

Særðan vildu svíkarar myrða,
sökkva í vatn, og grjótstein nökkurn
remma þessir rekkar grimmir
ríkuliga við háls á líki.
Fullr af miskunn flaut með hellu;
fundinn var hann á djúpu sundi;
háleit dýrð með heiðr og sælu
Hallvarðs skínn um Nóreg allan.

Svíkarar vildu myrða særðan, sökkva í vatn, og þessir grimmir rekkar remma ríkuliga grjótstein nökkurn við háls á líki. Fullr af miskunn flaut með hellu; hann var fundinn á djúpu sundi; háleit dýrð Hallvarðs skínn með heiðr og sælu um allan Nóreg.

The traitors wanted to conceal the wounded [man], sink [him] into water, and these cruel men forcefully tie a stone around the neck of the corpse. Full of mercy he floated with the stone slab; he was found on the deep fjord; the sublime glory of Hallvarðr shines with honour and bliss through all Norway.



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