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Sigv Lv 27I/6 — orðr ‘holding’

Munu, þeirs mestar skynjar
munvágs Dáins kunna,
síðr at Sighvats hróðri
svinns braglǫstu finna.
Sik vill hverr, es hnekkir,
haldorðr boði skjaldar
éls, þvís allir mæla,
iflaust gera at fifli.

Munu, þeirs kunna mestar skynjar munvágs Dáins, síðr finna braglǫstu at hróðri svinns Sighvats. Hverr haldorðr boði éls skjaldar, es hnekkir, þvís allir mæla, vill iflaust gera sik at fifli.

Those who comprehend the greatest knowledge of the delightful wave of Dáinn <dwarf> [POETRY] will hardly [lit. less] find verse-flaws in the encomium of judicious Sigvatr. Every word-holding announcer of the storm of the shield [BATTLE > WARRIOR] who rejects what all say will doubtless make himself a fool.

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[6] haldorðr ‘word-holding’: The word can be used in a positive sense, ‘faithful’, i.e. ‘keeping one’s word’ (as in Hharð Lv 14/4II, Anon Krm 18/2VIII (Ragn)), or a negative one, ‘obstinate’, i.e. ‘holding stubbornly to one’s opinions’, as here: see LP: haldorðr.

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