The Norwegian Rune Poem
In Modern English
- Wealth is a source of discord among kinsmen;
the wolf lives in the forest.
- Dross comes from bad iron;
the reindeer often races over the frozen snow.
- Giant causes anguish to women;
misfortune makes few men cheerful.
- Estuary is the way of most journeys;
but a scabbard is of swords.
- Riding is said to be the worst thing for horses;
Reginn forged the finest sword.
- Ulcer is fatal to children;
death makes a corpse pale.
- Hail is the coldest of grain;
Christ created the world of old.
- Constraint gives scant choice;
a naked man is chilled by the frost.
- Ice we call the broad bridge;
the blind man must be led.
- Plenty is a boon to men;
I say that Frothi was generous.
- Sun is the light of the world;
I bow to the divine decree.
- Tyr is a one-handed god;
often has the smith to blow.
- Birch has the greenest leaves of any shrub;
Loki was fortunate in his deceit.
- Man is an augmentation of the dust;
great is the claw of the hawk.
- A waterfall is a River which falls from a mountain-side;
but ornaments are of gold.
- Yew is the greenest of trees in winter;
it is wont to crackle when it burns.
Old Norse original version
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