The Lay of Kraka
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The Lay of Kraka is a skaldic poem, consisting of monologue in which Ragnar Lodbrok is dying in Ælla´s snake pit and looks back at life full of heroic deeds. It was composed in the 12th century.
|Hjoggum vér með hjörvi.Hitt vas æ fyr löngu,es á Gautlandi gengumat grafvitnis morði;þá fengum vér Þóru,þaðan hétu mik fyrðar,es lyngölun lagðak,Loðbrók at því vígi;stakk á storðar lykkjustáli bjartra mála.||We swung our sword;that was ever so long agowhen we walked in Gautlandto the murder of the dig-wulf. Then we received Þóra;since then(at that battle when I killed the heather-fish)people called me shaggy-breeches.I stabbed the spearinto the loop of the earth.|