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Anon (Vǫlsa) 5I/1 — Mundi ‘would’

Mundi eigi,         ef ek um réða,
blæti þetta         borit í aftan.
Þiggi Maurnir         þetta blæti!
En þú, sonr bónda,         sé þú við Vǫlsa!

Þetta blæti mundi eigi borit í aftan, ef ek um réða. Þiggi Maurnir þetta blæti! En þú, sonr bónda, sé þú við Vǫlsa!

This offering would not be presented this evening, if I had my way. May Maurnir receive this offering! But you, farmer’s son, you take care of Vǫlsi!

grammar

Verbs: Preterite-present verbs

The present tense of these verbs is like the past tense of strong verbs, and their past tense is weak.

eigamegakunnaskulumunumuna
indic.
pres.
sing.


pl.
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
á
átt
á
eigum
eiguð
eigu

mátt

megum
meguð
megu
kann
kannt
kann
kunnum
kunnuð
kunnu
skal
skalt
skal
skulum
skuluð
skulu
mun
munt
mun
munum
munuð
munu
man
mant
man
munum
munið
muna
indic. past stem
subj. pres. stem
subj. past stem
átt-
eig-
ætt-
mátt-
meg-
mætt-
kunn-
kunn-
kynn-
skyld-
skyl-
skyld-
mund-
myn-
mynd-
mund-
mun-
mynd-
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