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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þham Magndr 4II/8 — grás ‘of the grey’

Hraustr lét Elfi austarr
allvaldr saman gjalla
— vitr stillir rauð vǫllu —
valskan brand ok randir.
Varð á víg, þars ferðir,
vellmildr konungr, fellu,
— bolr lá gauzkr und gulri
grás arnar kló — þrási.

Hraustr allvaldr lét valskan brand ok randir gjalla saman austarr Elfi; vitr stillir rauð vǫllu. Vellmildr konungr varð þrási á víg, þars ferðir fellu; gauzkr bolr lá und gulri kló grás arnar.

The brave mighty ruler let the Frankish sword and shields crash together east of the Götaälv; the wise leader reddened the fields. The gold-generous king persisted in battle where troops fell; the Gautish torso lay beneath the yellow claw of the grey eagle.


[8] grás ‘of the grey’: This adj. could also be taken in the sense ‘old’, but that is less likely in view of the contrasting adjectives gulri ‘yellow’ (l. 7) and grás.



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