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ÞjóðA Sex 31II/1 — Gera ‘for Geri’

Gera vas gisting byrjuð
gnóg, en ulf* ór skógi
sonr á sôr at spenja
Sigvorðar kom norðan.

Gnóg gisting vas byrjuð Gera, en sonr Sigvorðar kom norðan at spenja ulf* ór skógi á sôr.

Plentiful hospitality was initiated for Geri <wolf>, and the son of Sigurðr [= Haraldr] came from the north to entice the wolf from the forest onto the wounds.


[1] Gera ‘for Geri <wolf>’: Geri (probably ‘greedy’) is named, with Freki, as one of Óðinn’s wolves in Grí 19/1 (NK 61), hence the word is a general heiti for ‘wolf’.



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