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The "Gryle" (bogey) verse

Norn Old Norse/Nordic English
Skεkla koməna rīna tūna
swa'rta hæsta blæita brūna
fo'mtəna (fjo'mtan) hāla
and fo'mtəna (fjo'mtan) bjadnis a kwāra hāla
Skekill er kominn ríðandi á túnit
á svǫrtum hesti með bletti á brúnni
fimmtán halar
ok fimmtán bǫrn á hverjum hala.
A bug-bear [*skekill] has come riding into the home-field (the tun) on a black horse having a white spot (blæita) on its brow (brūna), and fifteen tails, and with fifteen children on each tail.

Cf. a passage from Sturlungasaga:
þá er Loptr reið á túnit, kvað hann þetta: Hér ferr grýla í garð ofan ok hefir á sér hala fimmtán

JJ: All the old grammatical endings are levelled to -a, except in
bjadnis which has got the Eng. plural ending -s.

HN: bjadnis < def. barnit + Eng. pl. -s. Most of the old prepositions are dropped. Notice the usage of the English conjunction and.


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