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Ótt Knútdr 7I/1 — hykk ‘I believe’

Fjǫrlausa hykk Frísi,
friðskerðir, þik gerðu,
— brauzt með byggðu setri
Brandfurðu þar — randa.
Játmundar hlaut undir
ættniðr gǫfugr hættar;
danskr herr skaut þá dǫrrum
drótt, es þú rakt flótta.

Friðskerðir randa, hykk þik gerðu Frísi fjǫrlausa; þar brauzt Brandfurðu með byggðu setri. Gǫfugr ættniðr Játmundar hlaut hættar undir; danskr herr skaut þá drótt dǫrrum, es þú rakt flótta.

Peace-breaker of shields [WARRIOR], I believe you made the Frisians lifeless; you destroyed Brentford there with its inhabited settlement. The noble descendant of Eadmund [= Edmund Ironside] received dangerous wounds; the Danish army then pierced the host with spears when you pursued the fleeing.

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[1] hykk: hyr 20dˣ

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