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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Gamlkan Has 14VII/1 — Hendak ‘I seized’

Hendak hverjar stundir,
Hlakkar borðs, es þorðak,
miskaráð fyr meiðum,
minn lífgjafi, at vinna.
Miðr óttuðumk yðra*
ósjaldan, gramr tjalda,
— því vasa hagskipt — hyrjar
heiðs, an gumna reiði.

Hendak hverjar stundir, es þorðak at vinna miskaráð fyr meiðum Hlakkar borðs, lífgjafi minn. Ósjaldan óttuðumk miðr yðra* reiði an gumna, gramr tjalda hyrjar heiðs; því vasa hagskipt.

I seized on all the times when I dared to commit misdeeds before trees of Hlǫkk’s <valkyrie> board [SHIELD > WARRIORS], my life-giver [= God]. Not seldom I feared your wrath less than men’s, king of the tents of the fire of the clear sky [SUN > SKY/HEAVEN > = God]; in that regard it was not a fair exchange.


number: sg.
mood: indic.
person: 1st
tense: pret.
finite; enclictic pronoun;


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