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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Brúðv 13VII/1 — Vitraz ‘appears’

Vitraz honum sæl snót
sýnum var hun ófrýn
við keyri kafþjórs
kænum, er hann svaf á bæn.
En heilög hring-Sól
heiðar þótti vera reið
— randa leiz svá róg-Þund —
röðuls og óglöð.

Sæl snót vitraz kænum keyri kafþjórs, er hann svaf á bæn; hun var ófrýn sýnum við honum. En heilög röðuls heiðar hring-Sól þótti vera reið og óglöð; svá leiz randa róg-Þund.

The blessed woman appears to the skilful driver of the ox of the deep [SHIP > SEAFARER] as he slept during prayer; she was seemingly frowning at him. But the holy Sól <goddess> of the ring of the heath of the sun [(lit. ‘ring-Sól of the heath of the sun’) SKY/HEAVEN > SUN > = Mary] seemed to be angry and unhappy; so it appeared to the Þundr <= Óðinn> of the strife of shields [(lit. ‘strife-Þundr of shields’) BATTLE > WARRIOR].

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