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Lausavísa — Hhal LvI

Hallbjǫrn hali

Kate Heslop 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Hallbjǫrn hali, Lausavísa’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 362.

 

Hér liggr skald, þats skalda
skǫrungr vas mestr at flestu;
naddveiti frák nýtan
níð Hôkuni smíða.
Áðr gat engr né síðan
annarra svá manna
— frægt hefr orðit þat fyrðum —
férán lokit hônum.
 
‘Here lies the skald who was the greatest champion among skalds in most respects; I heard the handy spear-offerer [WARRIOR] crafted níð against Hákon. No other man managed before or since to pay him [Hákon] back so for robbery; that has become famous among men.
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