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Jǫk Lv 2I/7 — gǫfugr ‘noble’

Svíða sôr af mœði;
setit hefk opt við betra;
unds á oss, sús sprændi
ótrauð legi rauðum.
Byss mér blóð ór þessi
ben; ték við þrek venjask;
verpr hjalmgǫfugr hilmir
heiðsær á mik reiði.

Sôr svíða af mœði; hefk opt setit við betra; unds á oss, sús sprændi ótrauð rauðum legi. Blóð byss mér ór þessi ben; ték venjask við þrek; hjalmgǫfugr, heiðsær hilmir verpr reiði á mik.

Wounds are burning from exhaustion; I have often sat through better; there is a gash on us [me], which has spurted, unstinting, red liquid. My blood gushes from this wound; I am becoming used to acts of courage; the helmet-noble, revered ruler hurls his anger at me.

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[7] ‑gǫfugr: ‘‑gavfr(r)’(?) 325V

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