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Hfr Óldr 2I/1 — hersa ‘of hersar

Hættr vas hersa dróttinn
hjǫrdjarfr Gota fjǫrvi;
gollskerði frák gerðu
geirþey á Skáneyju.
Bǫðserkjar hjó birki
barklaust í Danmǫrku
hleypimeiðr fyr Heiða-
hlunnviggja -bý sunnan.

Hjǫrdjarfr dróttinn hersa vas hættr fjǫrvi Gota; frák gollskerði gerðu geirþey á Skáneyju. Hleypimeiðr hlunnviggja hjó barklaust birki bǫðserkjar í Danmǫrku fyr sunnan Heiðabý.

The sword-bold lord of hersar [RULER] was dangerous to the life of the Gotar; I have learned that the gold-diminisher [GENEROUS MAN] made spear-breeze [BATTLE] in Skåne. The impelling tree of the roller-steeds [SHIPS > SEAFARER] cut down the barkless birches of the battle-shirt [MAIL-SHIRT > WARRIORS] in Denmark south of Hedeby.

readings

[1] hersa: Hǫrða FskBˣ, FskAˣ, 310

notes

[1] dróttinn hersa ‘lord of hersar [RULER]’: I.e. of noblemen, district chieftains. The reading of Fsk and 310, dróttinn Hǫrða ‘lord of the Hǫrðar’, is equally viable.

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