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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ólhv Hák 1II/3 — lézt ‘you made’

Vígstorma, namt Vermum,
valdr, fláræði gjalda;
lézt ræsir gim geisa;
gekk eldr of sjǫt rekka.
Bœndr hlutu kvǫl, þás kyndisk
kapps hár logi, sára;
gegn, létuð hyr hegna,
hjaldréls frǫmuðr, vélar.

Valdr vígstorma, namt gjalda Vermum fláræði; ræsir, lézt gim geisa; eldr gekk of sjǫt rekka. Bœndr hlutu sára kvǫl, þás kapps hár logi kyndisk; gegn frǫmuðr hjaldréls, létuð hyr hegna vélar.

Controller of battle-storms [WARRIOR = Hákon], you repaid the Vermir for their treason; ruler, you made fire rage; flames rose above men’s houses. Farmers suffered bitter torment when the tremendously high blaze was kindled; righteous promoter of the battle-shower [WARRIOR = Hákon], you made fire punish their deceits.


[3] lézt (‘léztu’): létu 81a, Flat


[3] lézt ‘you made’: The pret. indic. form of the verb láta ‘let, allow’ that is used to address Hákon switches from the informal lézt (2nd pers. sg.) ‘you made’ to the formal létuð (2nd pers. pl.) ‘you made’ (l. 7).



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