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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 49VII/1 — höfðingjar ‘chieftains’

Þrír höfðingjar þetta píndu
þrifligt sprund á margar lundir;
trúðrinn liet, sá er týndi dáðum,
tungu skera úr vífi jungu.
Brúði hjó hann með sverði á síðu;
saklaus gjörði hun drottni þakkir;
ástir fær af kærum Kristi
Kristína fyr þrautir sínar.

Þrír höfðingjar píndu þrifligt sprund þetta á margar lundir; trúðrinn, sá er týndi dáðum, liet tungu skera úr jungu vífi. Hann hjó með sverði á síðu brúði; saklaus gjörði hun þakkir drottni; Kristína fær fyr sínar þrautir ástir af kærum Kristi.

Three chieftains tormented this flourishing lady in many ways; the charlatan, who destroyed virtues, had the tongue cut out of the young woman. He struck with a sword at the woman’s side; innocent, she gave thanks to the Lord; Christina receives for her tortures the love of the dear Christ.


[1] höfðingjar: dómendr 713



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