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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 20VII/8 — guðs ‘of God’

Berja frá eg staungum stórum
stillis rekka ljótrar villu
milda ambátt mána foldar
mildings frægs og vöndum gildum.
Blóðið flaut af búki hvítum
bragnings meyjar sólar vagna;
síðan byrgðu seggir heiðnir
svanna guðs í myrku ranni.

Eg frá rekka stillis ljótrar villu berja milda ambátt frægs mildings foldar mána stórum staungum og gildum vöndum. Blóðið flaut af hvítum búki meyjar bragnings vagna sólar; síðan byrgðu heiðnir seggir svanna guðs í myrku ranni.

I heard that the men of the ruler in ugly delusion hit the gentle handmaid of the famous prince of the land of the moon [SKY/HEAVEN > = God > HOLY WOMAN] with large sticks and thick rods. The blood poured from the white body of the maiden of the prince of the wagons of the sun [SKY/HEAVEN > = God > HOLY WOMAN]; subsequently, heathen men locked the woman of God in a dark house.


[8] guðs í myrku: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘gud[...]rku’ 713, ‘gud(s...j. s)tyrku’ 920ˣ



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