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ÞKolb Eirdr 15I/7 — rauð ‘reddened’

Hvatr vann Freyr á flotna
folkstafns, sás gaf hrafni
sollit hold né sjaldan,
sverðs eggja spor leggi.
Snjallr lét opt, ok olli,
Eirekr, bana þeira,
rauð Hringmaraheiði
herr — Engla lið þverra.

Hvatr Freyr folkstafns, sás né sjaldan gaf hrafni sollit hold, vann spor eggja sverðs á leggi flotna. Snjallr Eirekr lét opt lið Engla þverra ok olli bana þeira; herr rauð Hringmaraheiði.

The brave Freyr <god> of the battle-stem [SWORD > WARRIOR], who not seldom gave swollen flesh to the raven, made tracks of the edges of the sword [WOUNDS] on the limbs of men. Valiant Eiríkr often made the troop of the English diminish and caused their deaths; the army reddened Ringmere Heath.

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