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Sturl Hrafn 3II/5 — Skein ‘shone’

Glumði á gjálfrtömðum
Gestils skeiðhestum
eldr of allvaldi
ægis nafnfrægjum.
Skein af skautvænum
skeiðum brimreiðar
sól of sigdeili
snotrum óþrotlig.

Eldr ægis glumði á gjálfrtömðum Gestils skeiðhestum of nafnfrægjum allvaldi. Óþrotlig sól brimreiðar skein af skautvænum skeiðum of snotrum sigdeili.

The fire of the ocean [GOLD] resounded on the surge-tamed horses of Gestill’s <sea-king’s> track [(lit. ‘track-horses of Gestill’) SEA > SHIPS] above the renowned mighty ruler. The unceasing sun of the surf-chariot [SHIP > SHIELD] shone from the sail-fair warships around the wise battle-distributor [WARRIOR].



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