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Sturl Hákkv 21II/5 — nipt ‘sister’

Ok þar felt
feigum hausi
Gjallar mans
greypri hendi
Fenris nipt
fylkis dólga
í hjörgöll
heiptar blóði.

Ok þar felt nipt Fenris feigum hausi dólga fylkis blóði heiptar greypri hendi mans Gjallar í hjörgöll.

And there Fenrir’s <mythical wolf’s> sister [= Hel] hooded the doomed heads of the leader’s enemies with the blood of hatred by the gruesome hand of Gjǫll’s <river in hell’s> girl [= Hel] in the sword-din [BATTLE].


[5] nipt: ‘nípr’ F


[5] nipt Fenris ‘Fenrir’s <mythical wolf’s> sister [= Hel]’: Both Fenrir and Hel, who presided over the realm of the dead, were Loki’s offspring (see SnE 1998, I, 20).




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