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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Excerpt from “Vellekla” by Einarr Helgason/Skålaglam

Hakon the earl, so good and wise,
Let all the ancient temples rise; —
Thor’s temples raised with fostering hand
That had been ruined through the land.

His valiant champions, who were slain
On battle-fields across the main,
To Thor, the thunder-god, may tell
How for the gods all turns out well.

The hardy warrior now once more
Offers the sacrifice of gore;
The shield-bearer in Loke’s game
Invokes once more great Odin’s name.

The green earth gladly yields her store,
As she was wont in days of yore,
Since the brave breaker of the spears
The holy shrines again uprears.

The earl has conquered with strong hand
All that lies north of Viken land:
In battle storm, and iron rain
Hakon spreads wide his sword’s domain.


Date: c986 (original in Old Norse); ? (translation in English)

By: Einarr Helgason/Skålaglam (10th century)

Translated by: Rune Bjørnsen (19??- )