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Hókr Eirfl 1I/3 — gunnar ‘battle’

Út bauð jǫfra hneitir
élmóðr af Svíþjóðu
— sunnr helt gramr til gunnar
gunnbliks liði miklu.
Hverr vildi þá haulda
hrægeitunga feitir
— môr fekk á sæ sára
sylg — Eireki fylgja.

Hneitir jǫfra, gunnbliks élmóðr, bauð út miklu liði af Svíþjóðu; gramr helt sunnr til gunnar. Hverr feitir hrægeitunga haulda vildi þá fylgja Eireki; môr sára fekk sylg á sæ.

The striker of princes [RULER = Eiríkr], eager for the storm of the battle-gleam [(lit. ‘storm-eager of battle-gleam’) SWORD > BATTLE] summoned a large troop from Sweden; the ruler steered south to battle. Every fattener of carrion-birds [RAVENS/EAGLES > WARRIOR] among freeholders then wished to accompany Eiríkr; the seagull of wounds [RAVEN/EAGLE] got a drink at sea.



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