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Rv Lv 25II/5 — mun ‘will’

Nennum vér at vinna
— valfall má nú kalla —
(ár hefr drengr í dreyra)
drómund (roðit skjóma).
Þat mun norðr ok norðan
naddregn konan fregna
— þjóð beið ljótt af lýðum
líftjón — til Nerbónar.

Vér nennum at vinna drómund; má nú kalla valfall; drengr hefr ár roðit skjóma í dreyra. Konan mun fregna þat naddregn norðr ok norðan til Nerbónar; þjóð beið ljótt líftjón af lýðum.

We are minded to overpower the dromon; it may now be called a corpse-fall; the warrior has soon reddened his sword in blood. The woman will hear of that spear-rain [BATTLE] north and from the north to Narbonne; the army suffered ugly life-loss from the men.

grammar

Verbs: Preterite-present verbs

The present tense of these verbs is like the past tense of strong verbs, and their past tense is weak.

eigamegakunnaskulumunumuna
indic.
pres.
sing.


pl.
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
á
átt
á
eigum
eiguð
eigu

mátt

megum
meguð
megu
kann
kannt
kann
kunnum
kunnuð
kunnu
skal
skalt
skal
skulum
skuluð
skulu
mun
munt
mun
munum
munuð
munu
man
mant
man
munum
munið
muna
indic. past stem
subj. pres. stem
subj. past stem
átt-
eig-
ætt-
mátt-
meg-
mætt-
kunn-
kunn-
kynn-
skyld-
skyl-
skyld-
mund-
myn-
mynd-
mund-
mun-
mynd-
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