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Sigv ErfÓl 12I/4 — fyrri ‘in front’

Mest frák merkjum næstan
mínn dróttin framm sínum
— stǫng óð fyr gram — gingu
— gnógr styrr vas þar — fyrri.

Frák dróttin mínn gingu mest framm fyrri, næstan merkjum sínum; stǫng óð fyr gram; vas gnógr styrr þar.

I heard that my lord went most forcefully in front, next to his banners; the standard-pole advanced before the prince; there was plentiful fighting there.


[4] fyrri ‘in front’: This could modify either óð ‘advanced’ (so Skj B; ÍF 27; Jón Skaptason 1983; Hkr 1991) or gingu ‘went’ (so Kock, NN §1115, and this edn), although both clauses already express the idea of being in front, ahead of others.



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