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Eyv Hák 9I/4 — skotnar ‘pierced’

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.


[4] skotnar: skornar F


[4] skotnar ‘pierced’: The reading skornar ‘cut’ of F, preferred in Skald, but not in Skj B, is also quite possible, but the agreement of and the J transcripts speaks for skotnar, especially as they represent different branches of the Hkr stemma.



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