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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (Mberf) 7II/5 — vas ‘It was’

Eggjendr baðat ugga
óhlífinn gramr lífi,
hvégis lét inn ljóti
landgarðr fyrir barði.
Satt vas, at allvaldr átti
ógnsnart borit hjarta;
súð varð í gný grœðis
geyst farsælu treystask.

Óhlífinn gramr baðat eggjendr ugga lífi, hvégis inn ljóti landgarðr lét fyrir barði. Vas satt, at allvaldr átti borit ógnsnart hjarta; geyst súð varð treystask farsælu í gný grœðis.

The unsparing lord did not tell the warriors to fear for their life, no matter how the hideous land-enclosure [SEA] howled before the bow. It was true that the mighty ruler was born with a battle-keen heart; the swift-moving ship had to trust its luck in the din of the sea.

readings

[5] vas at (‘var at’): er Hr

grammar

Irregular verbs: vera (to be)

indic.subj.
pres.pastpres.past
sing.


pl.
1
2
3
1
2
3
em
ert
er
erum
eruð
eru
var
vart
var
várum
váruð
váru

sér

sém
séð
væra
værir
væri
værim
værið
væri
imperative
past part.
ver, verið
verit
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