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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Þjóð Yt 11I/13 — brœðr ‘brothers’

Ok varð hinn,
es Ôlfr of vá,
vǫrðr véstalls
of veginn liggja,
es dǫglingr
dreyrgan mæki
á Yngva rauð.
Vasa þat bært,
at Bera skyldi
vígs of hvetja,
þás brœðr tveir
at bǫnum urðusk
of afbrýði.

Ok hinn vǫrðr véstalls, es Ôlfr of vá, varð liggja of veginn, es ǫfundgjarn dǫglingr rauð dreyrgan mæki á Yngva. Þat vasa bært, at Bera skyldi of hvetja valsœfendr vígs, þás tveir brœðr óþurfendr urðusk at bǫnum of afbrýði.

And that guardian of the altar of the sanctuary [KING], whom Álfr slew, had to lie slain when the envy-ridden ruler reddened the bloody sword upon Yngvi. It was not right that Bera had to incite the slaughterers of the slain [WARRIORS] to fight when the two brothers needlessly became each other’s slayers out of jealousy.


[13] brœðr: ‘b[...]’ J2ˣ, ‘bredr’ R685ˣ



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