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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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RvHbreiðm Hl 43III/7 — fsk ‘was elevated’

Frá ek Angantýs ævi
— óð stofnak svá — góða;
lét drjúgum brot bauga
bjúg hertogi fljúga,
nema ek ljúga, en ek mun eigi ljúga.
Kannk fyr randa runnum
— ráð fsk grams við dáðir;
menn lofa vísa vinnur —
veg þess konungs segja,
nema ek þegja, en ek mun eigi þegja.

Frá ek Angantýs ævi góða; svá stofnak óð; hertogi lét bjúg brot bauga fljúga drjúgum, nema ek ljúga, en ek mun eigi ljúga. Kannk segja veg þess konungs fyr runnum randa – ráð grams fsk við dáðir; menn lofa vinnur vísa –, nema ek þegja, en ek mun eigi þegja.

I heard that Angantýr’s life was good; thus I make poetry; the army-leader let bent fragments of rings [GOLD] fly abundantly, unless I lie, and I shall not lie. I can relate the glory of that king before shrubs of shield-rims [WARRIORS] – the power of the ruler was elevated through deeds; men praise the achievements of the leader –, unless I keep quiet, and I shall not keep quiet.


[7] fsk: ‘host’ papp25ˣ, R683ˣ


[7] fsk ‘was elevated’: The ms. reading ‘host’ cannot be construed to make any sense, and Skj B emends to hófsk ‘was elevated, uplifted’, i.e. ‘increased’ (Sveinbjörn Egilsson, SnE 1848, 243, provides hèlzt ‘endured’). Kock’s (NN §2075A) suggestion hefsk ‘is raised’ is based on a misreading of R683ˣ (‘hæst’).



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