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Sigv Austv 4I/1 — Réð ‘resolved’

Réðk til Hofs at hœfa;
hurð vas aptr, en spurðumk
— inn settak nef nenninn
niðrlútt — fyrir útan.
Orð gatk fæst af fyrðum,
(flǫgð baðk) en þau sǫgðu
— hnekkðumk heiðnir rekkar —
heilagt (við þau deila).

Réðk at hœfa til Hofs; hurð vas aptr, en spurðumk fyrir útan; nenninn settak niðrlútt nef inn. Gatk fæst orð af fyrðum, en þau sǫgðu heilagt; heiðnir rekkar hnekkðumk; baðk flǫgð deila við þau.

I resolved to aim for Hof; the door was barred, but I made enquiries from outside; resolute, I stuck my down-bent nose in. I got very little response from the people, but they said [it was] holy; the heathen men drove me off; I bade the ogresses bandy words with them.


[1] Réð: reið 972ˣ(177va), ræð J2ˣ, 325VII



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