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Bjbp Jóms 41I/8 — orð ‘words’

Þar lét Eirekr ǫndu
átján þegar týna
(heldr frágum þá þverra)
þegna (lið fyr Vagni).
Mæltu hraustar hetjur
— haukligt var þat fíkjum —
— þau hafa þjóðir uppi —
þróttarorð með fyrðum.

Eirekr lét þegar átján þegna týna ǫndu þar; frágum lið þá heldr þverra fyr Vagni. Hraustar hetjur mæltu þróttarorð með fyrðum; þat var fíkjum haukligt; þjóðir hafa þau uppi.

Eiríkr immediately had eighteen retainers lose their lives there; we [I] have heard that the troop then diminished rather for Vagn. Bold heroes spoke forceful words to men; that was extremely hawk-like; people remember them.

notes

[8] þróttarorð ‘forceful words’: Lit. ‘words of power, endurance’. The recurrence of this combination suggests it is best treated as a cpd: see Note to Hfr ErfÓl 3/8.

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