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Sigv ErfÓl 20I/3 — réð ‘caused’

Áðr vitu eigi meiðar
ógnar skers né hersa
— þjóð réð þengils dauða —
þann styrk búandmanna,
es slíkan gram sóknum
sárelds viðir felldi
— mǫrg lá dýr í dreyra
drótt — , sem Ôleifr þótti.

Meiðar skers ógnar vitu eigi áðr þann styrk búandmanna né hersa — þjóð réð dauða þengils —, es viðir sárelds felldi sóknum slíkan gram, sem Ôleifr þótti; mǫrg dýr drótt lá í dreyra.

The trees of the skerry of battle [SHIELD > WARRIORS] did not previously recognise that strength of the farmers nor of the hersar — the people caused the death of the prince — by which the trees of the wound-fire [SWORD > WARRIORS] could fell in the onslaught such a ruler as Óláfr was thought to be; many a noble retinue lay [dead] in the gore.

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[3] þjóð réð dauða þengils ‘the people caused the death of the prince’: In st. 14/4, Óláfr was still the þjóðkonungr ‘mighty king’, lit. ‘nation-king’; now he has been felled by the very people he once ruled.

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