Egil Skallagrimsson


Egil Skallagrimsson (semi-legendary Viking poet, c. 10th century)

“Drink every toast down,
though the rider of the waves
brings brimful horns often
to the shaper of verse.
I will leave no drop
of malt-sea, even if the maker
of sword-play brings me
horn until morning.”

  • A poem attributed to Egil Skallagrimsson in Egil’s Saga (chapter 72), recorded c. 13th century possibly by Snorri Sturluson, translated by Bernard Scudder. New York: Penguin Classics, 2004 edition.

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