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ÞjóðA Sex 14II/2 — standa ‘to stand’

Fast bað fylking hrausta
friðvandr jǫfurr standa;
hamalt sýndisk mér hǫmlur
hildings vinir skilda.
Rammsyndan lauk rǫndum
ráðandi manndáða
nýtr fyr Nizi útan
naðr, svát hver tók aðra.

Friðvandr jǫfurr bað hrausta fylking standa fast; mér sýndisk vinir hildings skilda hǫmlur hamalt. Nýtr ráðandi manndáða lauk rammsyndan naðr rǫndum fyr útan Nizi, svát hver tók aðra.

The peace-concerned ruler ordered the valiant troop to stand firm; I witnessed [lit. it appeared to me that] the friends of the commander setting shields at the rowing-positions, in a wedge-shape. The excellent performer of manly deeds [RULER] enclosed the strong-swimming serpent with shields off the Nissan, so that each one abutted the next.

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