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Note to stanza
[1, 4] lægi mér á hraðbergi ‘I would be prepared’: According to Jón Helgason (1966a, 179) the expression e-m liggr orð á hraðbergi for eloquence, though unattested in Old Icelandic, is common in the language later on. He translates it in this stanza as es würde mir leicht fallen ‘it would be easy for me’ (cf. also Sigfús Blöndal 1920-4: hraðberg 2: liggja á hraðbergi: være rede, ved Haanden, være i Beredskab ‘be ready, at hand, be prepared’).
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