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Jǫk Lv 1I/3 — vôn ‘a prospect of’

Hlautk frá Sult, en sæta
síð fregn, at ek kvíða,
vôn erumk hreggs at hreini
hlýrvangs — skipi stýra,
þvís, ýstéttar, átti
Ôleifr, funa kleifar,
— gramr vas sjalfr á sumri
sigri ræntr — inn digri.

Hlautk stýra skipi frá Sult, en sæta fregn síð, at ek kvíða — erumk vôn hreggs at hreini hlýrvangs —, þvís Ôleifr inn digri átti, kleifar funa ýstéttar; gramr sjalfr vas ræntr sigri á sumri.

I drew the lot to steer the ship from Sylte, and the lady will hardly hear that I’m daunted — I have a prospect of a storm hitting the reindeer of the prow-plain [SEA > SHIP] —, the one [ship] that Óláfr inn digri (‘the Stout’) owned, slopes of the flame of the yew-bow’spath [ARM/HAND > GOLD > WOMEN]; the king himself was robbed of victory in summer.

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[3] vôn: sár 325V

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