Egil Skallagrimsson

 

Egil Skallagrimsson (10th-century Viking poet)

“West over water I fared,
bearing poetry’s waves to the shore
of the war-god’s heart;
my course was set.
I launched my oaken craft
at the breaking of ice,
loaded my cargo of praie
aboard my ship aft.”

  • 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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