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Sturl Hryn 14II/6 — skeiðr ‘warships’

Norðan heldu alt um öldur,
auðar lundr, við þik til fundar
— húfar treystu drifnar dúfur —
dygðarmenn ór Finna bygðum.
Svífa léztu ór hverju hrófi
hlaðnar skeiðr á vatnit breiða;
sandi jós um stálin steindu
storðar gandr fyrir Elfi norðan.

Lundr auðar, dygðarmenn alt norðan ór bygðum Finna heldu um öldur til fundar við þik; húfar treystu drifnar dúfur. Léztu hlaðnar skeiðr svífa ór hverju hrófi á vatnit breiða; gandr storðar jós sandi um stálin steindu fyrir norðan Elfi.

Tree of wealth [GENEROUS MAN], trusty men all the way from the north from the settlements of the Saami sailed across the waves to the meeting with you; the hulls tested the foaming waves. You let the heavily-laden warships glide from every boat-shed onto wide water; the wolf of the land [WIND] dashed sand over the painted prows north of the Götaälv.

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[6] skeiðr: ‘skedur’ 8

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