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Hfr ErfÓl 20I/4 — burar ‘son’

†Samr† vas ôrr of ævi
oddbragðs, hinns þat sagði,
at lofða gramr lifði,
læstyggs burar Tryggva.
Vesa kveðr ǫld ór éli
Ôleif kominn stála;
menn geta máli sǫnnu
— mjǫks verr an svá — ferri.

Ôrr oddbragðs, hinns sagði þat, at gramr lofða lifði, vas †samr† of ævi læstyggs burar Tryggva. Ǫld kveðr Ôleif vesa kominn ór éli stála; menn geta ferri sǫnnu máli; mjǫks verr an svá.

The envoy of the point-thrust [BATTLE > WARRIOR], who said that the ruler of warriors [= Óláfr] was alive was … about the life of the deceit-shunning son of Tryggvi [= Óláfr]. People say Óláfr escaped the blizzard of steel weapons [BATTLE]; men guess [things] further from the true story; it is much worse than that.

readings

[4] burar: sonr or sonar , sonar J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 61, 53, 54, 325VIII 2 g, Bb

notes

[4] læstyggs burar Tryggva ‘of the deceit-shunning son of Tryggvi [= Óláfr]’: Cf. st. 13/2 hugdyggvan son Tryggva ‘steadfast son of Tryggvi’; sts 23/8, 28/4 flugstyggs sonar Tryggva ‘of the flight-shunning son of Tryggvi’. Hkr and ÓT’s sonar ‘son’ gives equally good sense here.

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