Wardruna – Sowelu

Sowelu

Skipa skøldur
skinandi rød'ull
isar aldrtregi
hverfandi hvel

Skoll heitir ulfur
fagrakvel fylgjer
drøstlar draga
skinanda god'i

Svalinn heitir
stend fyri sólo
brim og bjarg brenna
fell hann i frå

Á skildi kvad' ristna
eyra Árvakr
hófi Allsvinns
hveli sem hvervar

Tveimar ek Sowelu ristan
Tveimar ek Sowelu fahido
Tveimar ek Sowelu galan

Sólin málar hæd' og hól
hvamma, skálar, bala,
ljósum stráljar leiti og ból
lyftir sál af dvala.
Sowelo

Shield of ships
shining halo
sorrow of ice
whirling wheel

Sköll is the name of a wolf
who follows the fair-wheel
horses drag
a shining god

Svalinn is the name of
what stands before the sun
cliffs and surf [would] burn
[if] it fell away

Composed on a shield, carved
Árvakr's ear
Alsviðr's hoof
the wheel that whirls

I carved two Sowelo
I painted two Sowelo
I chanted two Sowelo

The sun paints hills and hillocks
hollows, halls, swards,
hills and dwellings scatter light
lifts the soul from torpor.


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