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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Arn Hardr 13II/8 — falla ‘to fall’

Eigi varð ins œgja
auðligr konungs dauði;
hlífðut hlenna sœfi
hoddum reknir broddar.
Heldr køru meir ins milda
mildings an grið vildi
of folksnaran fylki
falla liðsmenn allir.

Dauði ins œgja konungs varð eigi auðligr; broddar reknir hoddum hlífðut sœfi hlenna. Allir liðsmenn ins milda mildings køru meir heldr falla of folksnaran fylki an vildi grið.

The death of the fearsome king was not unadorned; spear-points inlaid with gold did not protect the slayer of robbers [JUST RULER]. All the liegemen of the gracious prince chose much rather to fall beside the battle-swift commander than wishing quarter.



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