Mediations on Hávamál 10-14

Rook Chant Cover

10.
Byrði betri
berr-at maðr brautu at
en sé mannvit mikit;
auði betra
þykkir þat í ókunnum stað;
slíkt er válaðs vera.

11.
Byrði betri
berr-at maðr brautu at
en sé mannvit mikit;
vegnest verra
vegr-a hann velli at
en sé ofdrykkja öls.

12.
Er-a svá gótt
sem gótt kveða
öl alda sona,
því at færa veit,
er fleira drekkr
síns til geðs gumi.

13.
Óminnishegri heitir
sá er yfir ölðrum þrumir,
hann stelr geði guma;
þess fugls fjöðrum
ek fjötraðr vark
í garði Gunnlaðar.

14.
Ölr ek varð,
varð ofrölvi
at ins fróða Fjalars;
því er ölðr bazt,
at aftr of heimtir
hverr sitt geð gumi….

My latest piece on this gnomic poem from Old Norse is up; I took a little break over the holidays that continued a little too long. Finally finished the latest installment today because I had an inadvertent holiday from classes: seems the shuttle to Albany from Hudson doesn’t run on state holidays because most of the people who use it are state workers.

Ah.

Tomorrow I should have a ‘new’ car, which is to say an old car with one previous owner (an FBI agent!) who maintained it well. Not pretty but practical and — I hope! — reliable. We shall see. Country life is a bit difficult without wheels.

NEWS

The New England Chapter of Broad Universe is holding a special contest for 2013 – a scavenger hunt!

We have a brochure/game card listing the 15 participating BU members. Readers/participants try to collect signatures during 2013 from as many as the authors possible in order to be entered into a raffle for $50, $75, or $100 gift certificate to the book retailer of the winner’s choice. Details here.