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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Mark Eirdr 17II/1 — borgum ‘the strongholds’

Hǫrga varðisk herr í borgum;
hjaldrganga vas snǫruð þangat;
harðir kníðusk menn at morði;
merki blés of hilmi sterkan.
Eirekr vakði odda skúrir;
eggjar týndu lífi seggja;
sungu jǫrn, en sœfðusk drengir;
sveiti fell á valkǫst heitan.

Herr hǫrga varðisk í borgum; hjaldrganga vas snǫruð þangat; harðir menn kníðusk at morði; merki blés of sterkan hilmi. Eirekr vakði skúrir odda; eggjar týndu lífi seggja; jǫrn sungu, en drengir sœfðusk; sveiti fell á heitan valkǫst.

The host of heathen temples [HEATHENS = Wends] defended itself in the strongholds; the battle-advance was quickly turned thither; fierce men pressed forward at the slaughter; the banner blew around the strong prince. Eiríkr stirred up showers of arrow-points [BATTLE]; blades destroyed the lives of men; weapons sang, and warriors died; blood fell on the hot carrion-heap.



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