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Þloft Glækv 7I/2 — altári ‘the altar’

En þar upp
af altári
Kristi þæg
kerti brenna.
Svá hefr Ôleifr,
áðr andaðisk,
sôlu borgit.

En þar brenna kerti, þæg Kristi, upp af altári. Svá hefr synðalauss Ôleifr borgit sôlu, áðr andaðisk.

And there candles burn, acceptable to Christ, up from the altar. So has the sinless Óláfr saved his soul before he died.


[2] af altári: ‘[…]’ 325XI 2 n;    altári: ‘allteri’ Holm2


[2] altári ‘the altar’: A loanword from Lat., probably via OS (Halldór Halldórsson 1969, 112-14). There is some uncertainty as to whether the second syllable should be short or long.



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