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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 29III/5 — gerðit ‘did not’

Hǫrðu réð Hagbarðr
— hvatir leyfa menn þat —
aldrklifs epli*;
ýta vas sá gramr nýtr.
Mýll gerðit margsnills
morðalfs skjalfa
í geira glymskúr
geðvangs strangri.

Hagbarðr réð hǫrðu epli* aldrklifs; hvatir menn leyfa þat; sá gramr ýta vas nýtr. Mýll geðvangs margsnills morðalfs gerðit skjalfa í strangri glymskúr geira.

Hagbarðr commanded a hard apple of the life-cliff [BREAST > HEART]; keen men praise that; that lord of the people [RULER] was capable. The stone of the mind-meadow [BREAST > HEART] of the deeply wise battle-elf [WARRIOR] did not tremble in the strong din-shower of spears [BATTLE].

readings

[5] gerðit: gerði at papp25ˣ, R683ˣ

notes

[5] gerðit ‘did not’: Both mss read gerði at, which is a rather common rendition (misunderstanding) of a finite verb plus the negative suffix -(a)t. See st. 30/1.

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