Egil Skallagrimsson


Egil Skallagrimsson (10th century semi-mythical Viking-Poet from Iceland)

“With its chisel of snow, the headwind,
scourge of the mast, mightily
hones its file by the prow
on the path that my sea-bull treatds.
In gusts of wind, that chillful
destroyer of timber planes down
the planks before the head
of my sea-king’s swan.”

  • Egil’s Saga (recorded c. 13th century possibly by Snorri Sturluson), translated by Bernard Scudder. New York: Penguin Classics, 2004 edition.

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