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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Codex Regius of the Poetic Edda: an electronic edition (Edd.)

ed. Haraldur Bernharðsson;

not in Skj

prose works

Hamðismál (Hamð) - 29


Not published: do not cite ()

non-skaldic stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27 

12 — Hamð 12

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Svaraði inn sundrmæðri,
svá kvaz veita myndu
fullting frændum
sem fótr öðrum.
Hvað megi fótr
fæti veita
né holdgróin
hönd annarri?
Drógu þeir ór skíði
mækis eggjar
að mun flagði;
þverrðu þeir þrótt sinn
að þriðjungi,
létu mög ungan
til moldar hníga.   (eddic or germanic)

(The son of a different mother answered, said he would give help*
to his kinsmen, as one foot does another.
‘How can a foot help a foot,
or a hand grown from flesh help a hand?’
They pulled from their sheaths the sheathed iron,
the edges of the sword, to the joy of the troll-woman;*
they diminished their might by a third,
they made the young lad sink to the ground.

editions: Skj Not in Skj;


GKS 2365 4° (R) 45r, 20 - 45r, 24 (Edda)  image  image  
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