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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Eyv Hák 16I/6 — brœðr ‘brothers’

‘Einherja grið         skalt þú allra hafa;
        þigg þú at Ôsum ǫl.
Jarla bági,         þú átt inni hér
        átta brœðr,’ kvað Bragi.

‘Þú skalt hafa grið allra einherja; þigg þú ǫl at Ôsum. Bági jarla, þú átt hér inni átta brœðr,’ kvað Bragi.

‘You shall have quarter from all the einherjar; take ale among the Æsir. Adversary of jarls [RULER = Hákon], you have eight brothers in this place,’ said Bragi.


[6] átta brœðr ‘eight brothers’: On the eight brothers of Hákon, see Context above, and Krause (1990, 117). Bragi’s point is that Hákon has nothing to fear (see Olsen 1916a, 5-6), though cf. Note to st. 17 [All].



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