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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 12VII/3 — hjalta ‘hilts’

‘Einráðið hefi eg, að orðum þínum
ekki trúi eg nie mínir rekkar’;
þannig mælti hvítra hjalta
hristir reiðr við fljóðið kristið.
Fimm tigu valdi fróðra hölda
fannar lófa spekt að prófa
eigandi við ambátt fræga
eingla dýrðarþeingils.

‘Eg hefi einráðið, að ekki trúi eg nie mínir rekkar orðum þínum’; þannig mælti reiðr hristir hvítra hjalta við kristið fljóðið. Eigandi fannar lófa valdi fimm tigu fróðra hölda að prófa spekt við fræga ambátt þeingils … dýrðar eingla.

‘I have resolved that neither I nor my men will believe your words’; thus spoke the angry shaker of shining hilts [WARRIOR] to the Christian woman. The owner of the snowdrift of the palm [SILVER > MAN] chose fifty wise men to compete in wisdom with the famous handmaid of the king of the glory of angels [= God (= Christ) > HOLY WOMAN].




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