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Sturl Hákkv 9II/2 — Skúli ‘Skúli’

Þat er skröklaust,
at Skúli var
frægðarmaðr
í frömu lífi,
þótt hvarbrigð
á hann sneri
aldar gipt
auðnu hvéli,
þá er ofrausn
öfgu heilli
randa rjóðr
reisa knátti,
ok ólágt
jöfra bági
öðlings nafn
á Eyrum tók.

Þat er skröklaust, at Skúli var frægðarmaðr í frömu lífi, þótt hvarbrigð gipt aldar sneri hvéli auðnu á hann, þá er rjóðr randa knátti reisa ofrausn öfgu heilli, ok bági jöfra tók ólágt nafn öðlings á Eyrum.

It is not a lie that Skúli was a famous man in his outstanding life, although the fickle luck of mankind turned the wheel of fortune on him, when the reddener of shield-rims [WARRIOR = Skúli] raised an excess of heroism with adverse luck, and the enemy of princes [= Skúli] took the not insignificant title of king at Øra.

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