(semi-mythical Norwegian Viking and Icelandic settler said to have lived in the 9th century)
“The day we faced the music
of sword blades clanging on shields
destroyed my life’s joy:
hardships grip us too soon.”
- Spoken by the character, Onund Tree-Foot, in the anonymously written Grettir’s Saga (c. 14th century), translated by Jesse Byock (Oxford World’s Classics, 2009).