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ÞjóðA Magnfl 12II/3 — fagran ‘the beautiful’

Vǫrðr gekk meir at morði
Magnús kjalar vagna
— þat vas frægt — í fagran
framstafn varar Hrafni.
Gerðum þar, svát þverrði,
þengill, en óx fengi,
— skeiðr nam herr at hrjóða —
húskarla lið jarli.

Vǫrðr vagna kjalar, Magnús, gekk meir at morði í fagran framstafn Hrafni varar; þat vas frægt. Gerðum þar, þengill, svát lið húskarla þverrði jarli, en fengi óx; herr nam at hrjóða skeiðr.

The guardian of waggons of the keel [SHIPS > SEAFARER], Magnús, went further into the slaughter in the beautiful forestem of the Hrafn <horse> of the landing-stage [SHIP]; that was renowned. We brought it about there, prince, that the jarl’s troop of housecarls reduced, and booty increased; the army started to clear the warships.


[3] fagran: fǫgrum E, ferðum J2ˣ


[3-4] fagran framstafn ‘beautiful forestem’: On ship-stems and the decoration on them, see Jesch 2001a, 127-8, 144-50. See also Notes to Valg Har 10/5 and 11/4.



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