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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hfr ErfÓl 20I/5 — ǫld ‘People’

†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.


[5] ǫld: hǫlð 22ˣmarg, ‘áls’ F



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