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Þfagr Sveinn 7II/8 — styggr ‘shy’

Bauð, sás beztrar tíðar
borinn varð und miðgarði,
ríkri þjóð at rjóða
randir Sveinn á landi.
Þó lézk heldr, ef heldi
hvatráðr konungr láði,
á byrjar Val berjask
bilstyggr Haraldr vilja.

Sveinn, sás varð borinn beztrar tíðar und miðgarði, bauð ríkri þjóð at rjóða randir á landi. Þó lézk bilstyggr Haraldr heldr vilja berjask á Val byrjar, ef hvatráðr konungr heldi láði.

Sveinn, who was born at the luckiest time on earth, told the powerful people to redden shield-rims ashore. Yet hesitation-shy Haraldr said he preferred to fight on the Valr <horse> of fair wind [SHIP], if the quick-witted king withheld land [from him].

readings

[8] ‑styggr: ‑trauðr FskBˣ, FskAˣ

notes

[8] bilstyggr (m. nom. sg.) ‘hesitation-shy’: Biltrauðr ‘hesitation-reluctant’ (so Fsk) is equally possible, but the ms. witnesses show that it is secondary.

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