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Ólhv Hryn 6II/8 — meðan ‘as long as’

Fláræði kom framm of síðir;
friðbann hóf þá ǫfund manna;
eigi má við ørlǫg bægjask
jǫfra sveit, þótt ráðug heiti.
Stórr vas harmr, þars stríddu harrar
stála hregg, þvít æ mun beggja
rausnarkapp ok ríki uppi,
ramri þjóð, meðan jǫrð heldr flóði.

Fláræði kom framm of síðir; ǫfund manna hóf þá friðbann; eigi má sveit jǫfra bægjask við ørlǫg, þótt heiti ráðug. Vas stórr harmr ramri þjóð, þars harrar stríddu hregg stála, þvít æ mun rausnarkapp ok ríki beggja uppi, meðan jǫrð heldr flóði.

Treachery emerged at last; the malice of men then led to a peace-ban; a host of princes cannot contend against fate, though it is called wise. It was a great sorrow to the mighty people when the lords fought a storm of weapons [BATTLE], because the eagerness for glory and the power of both will always be remembered, as long as the earth adheres to the sea.

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[8] meðan jǫrð heldr flóði ‘as long as the earth adheres to the sea’: This statement is likely proverbial or semi-proverbial and means ‘forever more’. Cf. ll. 6-8 þvít æ mun rausnarkapp ok ríki beggja uppi, meðan jǫrð heldr flóði ‘because the eagerness for glory and the power of both will always be remembered, as long as the earth adheres to the sea’ and Þstf Stuttdr 5/1-4 fǫr Endils svǫrgœðis mun ey uppi, meðan salr sólborgar stendr ‘the journey of the fattener of Endill’s <sea-king’s> bird will always be remembered as long as the the hall of the sun’s stronghold [SKY/HEAVEN > EARTH] remains’.

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