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Ótt Hfl 6I/1 — vas ‘there was’

Drótt vas drjúgligr ótti,
dolglinns, at fǫr þinni,
svanbræðir; namt síðan
Svíþjóðar nes rjóða.

Dolglinns svanbræðir, vas drjúgligr ótti drótt at fǫr þinni; síðan namt rjóða nes Svíþjóðar.

Feeder of the swan of the battle-serpent [(lit. ‘swan-feeder of the battle-serpent’) SWORD > RAVEN/EAGLE > WARRIOR], there was great terror for the people from your journey; afterwards you began to redden the headland(s) of Sweden.

readings

[1] vas (‘var’): varð Holm2, J1ˣ, J2ˣ, 325VI, 73aˣ, 78aˣ, Bb, viðr 68, stendr 325V, stendr vítt ok Flat, ‘uit stendr ok’ Tóm

grammar

Irregular verbs: vera (to be)

indic.subj.
pres.pastpres.past
sing.


pl.
1
2
3
1
2
3
em
ert
er
erum
eruð
eru
var
vart
var
várum
váruð
váru

sér

sém
séð
væra
værir
væri
værim
værið
væri
imperative
past part.
ver, verið
verit
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