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ÞjóðA Magnfl 12II/8 — jarli ‘the jarl’s’

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.

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[8] jarli ‘jarl’s’: This is taken here as a poss. dat., or dat. of disadvantage, qualifying lið húskarla ‘troop of housecarls’ in l. 8; it could alternatively qualify skeiðr ‘warships’ or herr ‘army’, both in l. 7.

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