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Sturl Hákfl 7II/1 — brjóta ‘be broken’

Vitr lét virki brjóta
valdr norrænar aldar
austr, þar er jöfrar treystuz
ógnfúsir, Ljóðhúsa.
Þat veitk, at galt Gautum
göfugr oddviti jöfra
— þjóð fekk ræsis reiði —
rán; gekk slíkt at vánum.

Vitr valdr norrænar aldar lét brjóta virki Ljóðhúsa austr, þar er ógnfúsir jöfrar treystuz. Þat veitk, at göfugr oddviti jöfra galt Gautum rán; þjóð fekk reiði ræsis; slíkt gekk at vánum.

The wise ruler of the Norwegian people [NORWEGIAN KING = Hákon] let the stronghold of Lödöse be broken in the east, where terror-eager princes felt secure. This I know, that the glorious leader of princes [KING] repaid the Gautar for the plunder; people got the wrath of the ruler; such went according to expectation.

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