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~ Historical & Classical Poetry ~


Prayer from the film "The 13th Warrior":

Lo, there do I see my father.
Lo, there do I see my mother.
And my sister and my brother
Lo, there do I see the line of my people
Back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them
In the halls of Valhalla
Where the brave may live forever.

 

 

Notes:

This was inspired by Ibn Fadlan´s 10th c. account (Ar-Risala, "The Letter") of the Varangian Rus.

The original was spoken by a slave girl following her deceased master by ritual death.

 

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