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Kálf Kátr 37VII/2 — rieð ‘decided’

Hirði*þöll tók hans til orða
hyrjar flóðs og rieð að spyrja
— runnu tár um hvarma henni —
‘hvess kunni þier meyna þessa?
Aldri hefir hun yðru veldi
unnið mein, svá það megi greina;
grams unnarar gæzku sinnar
gjalda frá þier himna skjaldar’.

Hans hirði*þöll hyrjar flóðs tók til orða og rieð að spyrja — tár runnu henni um hvarma —: ‘hvess kunni þier meyna þessa? Hun hefir aldri unnið yðru veldi mein, svá það megi greina; unnarar grams skjaldar himna gjalda frá þier gæzku sinnar’.

His tending tree of the fire of the sea [GOLD > WOMAN] began to speak and decided to ask — tears ran from her eyelids —: ‘What do you accuse this maiden of? She has never done your realm harm, insofar that it may be detected; the lovers of the king of the shield of heaven [SUN > = God > HOLY MEN] pay because of you for their goodness’.

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