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Kall sat undir kletti

Kall sat undir kletti

Kall sat undir kletti
og kordur sínar sló.
Hann hafði skegg svo skrýtið
og skögultönn og hló.
Hann hafði skegg svo skrýtilegt
og skögultönn og hló.
Huldan upp í hamri
heyrði ljúfan klið,
hún læddist út úr hamri
og lagði eyrun við.
Hún læddist út úr hamrinum
og lagði eyrun við.
Síðan hefur hvorugt
hér um slóðir sést.
Sá gamli var víst ekki
eins gamall og hann lést.
Sá gamli var víst ekki nærri
eins gamall og hann lést.

Greybeard sat by the High Rock

Greybeard sat by the high rock
and plucked his sounding strings
he had a beard peculiar
and crooked tooth and laughed.
He had a beard peculiar
and crooked tooth and laughed.
Elfmaid in the high crag
heard the murmur sweet.
She crept from out the high crag
and hearkened to the sound.
She crept from out the high crag
and hearkened to the sound.
Since then they have neither
been seen thereabout.
Old greybeard was not nearly
so ancient as he seemed.
Old greybeard really was not nearly
so ancient as he seemed.

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Composer

Jórunn Viðar was an Icelandic pianist and composer. She wrote a number of compositions based on Icelandic folk songs.


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Poet

Halldóra B. Björnsson was a 20th century Icelandic writer.


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