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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hfr ErfÓl 15I/2 — gunnr ‘battle’

Gótt es gǫrva at frétta
gunnr óx fyr haf sunnan —
— sverð bitu feigra fyrða
fjǫrrǫnn — at því mǫnnum:
hvern rakkligast rekka
randláðs viðir kvôðu
— Surts ættar vinnk sléttan
sylg — Ôleifi fylgja.

Gótt es mǫnnum at frétta gǫrva at því — gunnr óx fyr sunnan haf; sverð bitu fjǫrrǫnn feigra fyrða —: hvern rekka viðir randláðs kvôðu fylgja Ôleifi rakkligast; vinnk sléttan sylg ættar Surts.

It is good for people to ask searchingly about this — battle swelled south of the sea; swords bit life-halls [BREASTS] of fated men —: which of the champions did trees of the rim-land [SHIELD > WARRIORS] say supported Óláfr most bravely; I make the smooth drink of the family of Surtr <giant> [GIANTS > POETRY].


[2] gunnr: gunn 53, 54, Bb, Flat


[2] gunnr ‘battle’: So only 61. The majority reading gunn is difficult to explain, as none of the inflectional forms of gunnr f. lack an ending.



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