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Sturl Hrafn 18II/2 — hrings ‘of the sword’

Hlóðu hugprúðir
hrings at brynþingi
várir vegstórum
virðar baug-Nirði.
Fylduz fjörseldum
frammi valgammar
— hverr man hringþverris
hefna — auðstefni.

Várir hugprúðir virðar hrings hlóðu vegstórum baug-Nirði at brynþingi. Valgammar fylduz frammi fjörseldum auðstefni; hverr man hefna hringþverris?

Our gallant men of the sword killed the honourable ring-Njǫrðr <god> [MAN = Perus] at the byrnie-assembly [BATTLE]. The corpse-buzzards [RAVENS/EAGLES] stuffed themselves in the vanguard with the lifeless wealth-dispenser [GENEROUS MAN]; who will avenge the ring-diminisher [GENEROUS MAN]?

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