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Sturl Hrafn 14II/7 — ósjaldan ‘not seldom’

Herðu herferðir
hryggs í stórbygðir
víða vargfæðis
virðar geðstirðir.
Fekk inn fólkrakki
felli gunnspelli
öldum ósjaldan
Aleinn lífdvalar.

Geðstirðir virðar herðu herferðir víða í stórbygðir hryggs vargfæðis. Inn fólkrakki Aleinn fekk ósjaldan öldum felli lífdvalar gunnspelli.

The mind-strong men intensified military campaigns far and wide in the large settlements of the gloomy wolf-feeder [WARRIOR = Alexander]. The battle-brave Alan gave people not seldom a slayer of life’s duration [DEATH] by battle-destruction.

readings

[7] ósjaldan: so 304ˣ, Flat, ókaldan F

notes

[7] ósjaldan (adv.) ‘not seldom’: So 304ˣ, Flat. Ókaldan (m. acc. sg.) ‘not a cold’ (so F) could be taken to mean that Alan and his men caused death by burning the Scottish settlements (qualifying felli (m. acc. sg.) ‘slayer’).

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