Háskólavísur 11: Nýtt Land og Nýja Hof

As the summer heat of his homeland approached its peak, the Skald prepared his ship to sail from Vinland onward to new adventures in Norway. Aided by runes of good fortune, the sailing was smooth and the Skald beached his ship in the bay and established his farmstead of Nýja Hof in the cozy little village of Sogn Studentby in the northern part of Olso. Unlike the somewhat barren landscape of Reykjavík, this place was teeming with grass and trees, and the sun was still bright and warm. Once settled in and ready for the start of classes, the Skald noted that it was the day of a new moon, reflected on the seasonal cycles and the work ahead (especially that of his master’s thesis),  and composed this verse:

A bright sun shines on my bold adventure,
which now continues in a new country.
In Bragi’s land, I’ve beached my ship
and settled in for seeking my goals
of runes and poetry through rites of study.
This heathen’s New Hof is hallowed for work
that’s life-changing o’er the long winter.
Through thoughts and words, my thesis work
will grow from acorn to glorious oak
in nine of moons in this northern land,
and I’ll sail next summer with a self remade
for further adventures in the future’s ocean.

Copyright © 2015 Eirik Westcoat.
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