Egil Skallagrimsson


Egil Skallagrimsson (10th century)

“I have wielded a blood-stained sword
and howling spear; the bird
of carrion followed me
when the Vikings pressed forth;
In fury we fought battles,
fire swept through men’s homes,
we made bloody bodies
slump dead by city gates.”

  • Egil’s Saga (chapter 48, poem 14), recorded c. 13th century possibly by Snorri Sturluson, translated by Bernard Scudder. New York: Penguin Classics, 2004 edition.

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