Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Modernized Havamal - Verse 51

A false friendship can seem very intense in the beggining,
for perhaps a week things are wonderful,
but these relationships usually end very quickly.
By the second week there isnt much left,
and soon the friendship is sour.

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1 comment:

  1. Are you translating from Old Norse or from an earlier translation into English (or another language)? The sense often seems rather alien to the original ON, for instance in your version of st. 15:

    "A leader should listen to his followers, be charitable
    and show courage in times of trouble.
    All a mans life he should strive to have a positive outlook,
    and always be ready to contribute and do his part."

    Lines 2 and 3 are tolerable translations of the original, but I don't see the source of phrases like "charitable" or "ready to contribute and do his part" at all.