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Eyv Hák 9I/1 — dǫglingar ‘kings’

Sôtu þá dǫglingar         með sverð of togin,
með skarða skjǫldu         ok skotnar brynjur.
Vasa sá herr         í hugum ok átti
        til Valhallar vega.

Þá sôtu dǫglingar með sverð of togin, með skarða skjǫldu ok skotnar brynjur. Sá herr vasa í hugum ok átti vega til Valhallar.

Then kings were sitting with swords drawn, with hacked shields and pierced mail-shirt. That army was not in good spirits and was on its way to Valhǫll.


[1] dǫglingar ‘kings’: In Skm (SnE 1998, I, 103), Snorri explains Daglingar or Dǫglingar as descendants of Dagr, a legendary king, but this is unlikely (LP: dǫglingr). Höfler (1952a, 33-7) argues that the word is to be connected with the personified Dagr ‘Day’ mentioned in Vafþr 25/2 (NK 49) and SnE 2005, 13. Sahlgren (1927-8, I, 89) proposes that the word describes the sons of Eiríkr rather than Hákon, but cf. Wolf (1969, 19).



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