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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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ÞjóðA Sex 15II/4 — reki ‘ruler’

Alm dró upplenzkr hilmir
alla nôtt inn snjalli;
hremsur lét á hvítar
hlífr landreki drífa.
Brynmǫnnum smó benjar
blóðugr oddr, þars stóðu
— flugr óx †fannings† vigra —
Finna gjǫld í skjǫldum.

Inn snjalli upplenzkr hilmir dró alm alla nôtt; landreki lét hremsur drífa á hvítar hlífr. Blóðugr oddr smó benjar brynmǫnnum, þars gjǫld Finna stóðu í skjǫldum; flugr †fannings† vigra óx.

The valiant Oppland king drew his elm-bow all night long; the land-ruler made shafts pelt onto white shields. The bloody point pierced wounds on the byrnie-men, where the tribute of the Saami [ARROWS] penetrated shields; the flight of †fanning’s† spears increased.


[4] landreki: landreka E, ‘oduiti’ Mork, oddviti Flat, H, Hr


[4] landreki ‘the land-ruler’: The variant oddviti ‘leader, the one who fights in the point or van (oddr)’ provides equally good sense and metre to the main reading.



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