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Steinn Úlffl 1II

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Steinn Herdísarson, Úlfsflokkr 1’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 366-7.

Steinn HerdísarsonÚlfsflokkr1

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Hét á oss, þás úti,
Ulfr, hákesjur skulfu,
— róðr vas greiddr á grœði —
grams stallari alla.
Vel bað skip með skylja
skeljeggjaðr framm leggja
sitt, en seggir jôttu,
snjalls landreka spjalli.

Ulfr, stallari grams, hét á oss alla, þás {hákesjur} skulfu úti; róðr vas greiddr á grœði. Skeljeggjaðr spjalli snjalls landreka bað leggja skip sitt vel framm með skylja, en seggir jôttu.
 
‘Úlfr, the king’s marshal, called on us all when oarport-spears [OARS] trembled out at sea; the rowing was accelerated on the ocean. The keen-minded confidant of the brave land-ruler commanded that his ship should advance briskly alongside the lord, and the men concurred.

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Úlfr’s ship advanced alongside the ship of King Haraldr harðráði at the battle of the Nissan.

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