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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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SnSt Ht 37III/5 — þrátt ‘obstinately’

Vann (kann virðum banna
vald) gjald (hǫfundr aldar)
ferð verð fólka herði
fest mest, sás bil lestir.
Hátt þrátt — hǫlða áttar
hrauð auð jǫfurr rauðum —
(þat) gat þengill skatna
þjóð (stóð af gram) bjóða.

Verð ferð vann herði fólka fest mest gjald; hǫfundr aldar, sás lestir bil, kann banna virðum vald. Þengill skatna gat þrátt bjóða þjóð hátt; jǫfurr hrauð rauðum auð áttar hǫlða; þat stóð af gram.

The deserving crowd had to guarantee the greatest payment to the strengthener of battles [WARRIOR]; the judge of men [RULER = Skúli], who destroys hesitation, prevents people from using power. The lord of chieftains [RULER] obstinately taught men manners; the prince wasted the red wealth of the clan of freeholders; that [command] issued from the ruler.


[5] þrátt: hrátt W



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