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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 6VII/1 — bragningr ‘prince’

Blótin vildi bragningr láta
beldinn efla í sínu veldi
hvern þann brjót, er af honum girniz
heiðr að þiggja, orma leiðar.
Afarkostum liet ýtendr rastar
alla sæta skeljungs fjalla
glæstrar rekkju, ef gjöra ei treystaz,
glóða hreytir, Þór eða Óðni.

Beldinn bragningr vildi láta hvern þann brjót orma leiðar, er girniz að þiggja heiðr af honum, efla blótin í sínu veldi. Hreytir glóða rastar liet alla ýtendr glæstrar rekkju skeljungs fjalla sæta afarkostum, ef gjöra ei treystaz Þór eða Óðni.

The arrogant prince wanted to let every breaker of the serpent’s path [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN], who desires to obtain honour from him, strengthen the sacrifices in his country. The distributer of red-hot embers of the current [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] let all the offerers of the shining bed of the whale of the mountains [SNAKE > GOLD > GENEROUS MEN] be exposed to hard conditions, if they did not trust Þórr or Óðinn.


[1] bragningr: bragning all


[1] bragningr ‘prince’: Kock (NN §2958A, Skald) uses bragning based on a ‘rule’ he invented, but the rule is not tenable.



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