"My Mother Told Me" is a famous ancient Norse Skaldic song composed by Egill Skallagrímsson.

Song Lyrics:

"My mother told me
Someday I will buy
Galley with good oars
Sail to distant shores
Stand up on the prow
Noble barque I steer
Steady course to the haven
Hew many foe-men
 
My mother told me
Someday I will buy
Galley with good oars
Sail to distant shores
Stand up on the prow
Noble barque I steer
Steady course to the haven
Hew many foe-men
 
My mother told me
Someday I will buy
Galley with good oars
Sail to distant shores
Stand up on the prow
Noble barque I steer
Steady course to the haven
Hew many foe-men"
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This piece is traditionally sung when travelling, although it is not uncommon to sing it while having a drink.

Egil wrote skaldic poetry, and that is why in the Old Icelandic manuscripts containing a version of "Egil's Saga", the skaldic verses are quite distinct in style from the prose.

Some researchers consider that Snorri has written the Egil Saga entirely, while others do not, although it is certainly possible.

All of which is to say that the ages depicted in the series are mostly the 9th, Egil's Saga is from the 13th, although it could of course have genuinely early oral content.

The skaldic poetry that it contains could be truly ancient (around the 10th century), as well as Ragnarsdrapa, which speaks, of course, of Ragnar Lothbrok, and other poems.

Skaldic poetry has not disappeared in the Viking era, Snorri has made sure of that.

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