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Tindr Hákdr 2I/8 — jarli ‘jarl’

Gatat óhræðinn œðra
(oddgaldrs) ok Sigvaldi
(vítt frák veiti-Njóta*)
viðrnám Búi (kvômu),
áðr mótrǫðuls mœttu
magnendr Gymis vagna
— sǫng at sverða þingi
sárla — þrœnzkum jarli.

Óhræðinn Búi ok Sigvaldi gatat œðra viðrnám — frák veiti-Njóta* oddgaldrs kvômu vítt —, áðr Gymis vagna mótrǫðuls magnendr mœttu þrœnzkum jarli; sǫng sárla at þingi sverða.

The fearless Búi and Sigvaldi did not receive more distinguished opposition — I heard the proffering Njótar <= Óðinn’s> of the point-chant [BATTLE > WARRIORS] came from afar — before the empowerers of the clash of the sun of the wagons of Gymir <sea-giant> [(lit. ‘empowerers of the clash-sun of the wagons of Gymir’) SHIPS > SHIELD > BATTLE > WARRIORS] met the Trøndelag jarl [Hákon]; it sang grievously at the assembly of swords [BATTLE].

notes

[8] þrœnzkum jarli ‘the Trøndelag jarl [Hákon]’: Þrœnzkr is the adj. denoting those from Þrándheimr, the region of Trøndelag, which was the power-base of Hákon jarl Sigurðarson and his dynasty, the jarls of Hlaðir (Lade). — [8] sárla : jarli: Aðalhendingar with unequal quantities are a sporadic licence in skaldic poetry.

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