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Sigv ErfÓl 15I/6 — fǫgrum ‘beautiful’

Undr láta þat ýtar
eigi smátt, es máttit
skæ-Njǫrðungum skorðu
skýlauss rǫðull hlýja.
Drjúg varð á því dœgri
— dagr náðit lit fǫgrum
— orrostu frák austan
atburð — konungs furða.

Ýtar láta þat eigi smátt undr, es skýlauss rǫðull máttit hlýja skorðu skæ-Njǫrðungum. Drjúg varð furða konungs á því dœgri; dagr náðit fǫgrum lit; frák atburð orrostu austan.

People declare that no small wonder, that the cloudless sun was not able to warm the Njǫrðungar <gods> of the steed of the prop [(lit. ‘steed-Njǫrðungar of the prop’) SHIP > MEN]. Great was the portent concerning the king during that daytime; the day did not achieve its beautiful colour; I heard of the event at the battle from the east.

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