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Lausavísur — Jǫk LvI

Jǫkull Bárðarson

Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Jǫkull Bárðarson, Lausavísur’ 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. 813.

 

Hlautk frá Sult, en sæta
síð fregn, at ek kvíða,
— vôn erumk hreggs at hreini
hlýrvangs — skipi stýra,
þvís, ýstéttar, átti
Ôleifr, funa kleifar,
— gramr vas sjalfr á sumri
sigri ræntr — inn digri.
 
‘I drew the lot to steer the ship from Sylte, and the lady will hardly hear that I’m daunted — I have a prospect of a storm hitting the reindeer of the prow-plain [SEA > SHIP] —, the one [ship] that Óláfr inn digri (‘the Stout’) owned, slopes of the flame of the yew-bow’spath [ARM/HAND > GOLD > WOMEN]; the king himself was robbed of victory in summer.
Svíða sôr af mœði;
setit hefk opt við betra;
unds á oss, sús sprændi
ótrauð legi rauðum.
Byss mér blóð ór þessi
ben; ték við þrek venjask;
verpr hjalmgǫfugr hilmir
heiðsær á mik reiði.
 
‘Wounds are burning from exhaustion; I have often sat through better; there is a gash on us [me], which has spurted, unstinting, red liquid. My blood gushes from this wound; I am becoming used to acts of courage; the helmet-noble, revered ruler hurls his anger at me.
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