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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ESk Hardr II 1II/2 — seiðs ‘of the pollack’s’

Sótti á slétta
seiðs hrynleiðar
jǫrð eldskerðir
ungr Skônunga.
Fann fjǫlnenninn
freks landreka
gífrskæs gǫfugr
granrjóðr Dana.

Ungr seiðs hrynleiðar eldskerðir sótti á slétta jǫrð Skônunga. Gǫfugr granrjóðr freks gífrskæs fann fjǫlnenninn landreka Dana.

The young cleaver of the fire of the pollack’s flowing path [(lit. ‘fire-cleaver of the pollack’s flowing path’) SEA > GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] went to the level land of the Skánungar. The glorious whisker-reddener of the ravenous steed of the troll-woman [WOLF > WARRIOR] met the very vigorous land-ruler of the Danes [DANISH KING = Eiríkr].

readings

[2] seiðs: seiðr F

notes

[2] seiðs ‘of the pollack’s’: A seiðr is a pollack, a salt-water fish of the cod family (Pollachius virens).

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