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Anon Leið 29VII/3 — sterkr ‘strong’

Ótraulla má ǫllu
aldýrr faðir stýra;
sterkr es engr, svát orki
aptrat dróttins krapti.
Gramr skóp hauðr ok himna
hreggranns sem kyn seggja;
einns salkonungr sólar
snjallr hjalpari allra.

Aldýrr faðir má stýra ǫllu ótraulla; engr es sterkr, svát orki aptrat krapti dróttins. Gramr hreggranns skóp hauðr ok himna sem kyn seggja; snjallr sólar salkonungr [e]s einn hjalpari allra.

The altogether precious father is able to govern everything indefatigably; no one is so strong that he is able to impede the Lord’s power. The king of the storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] made land and heavens as well as the race of men; the excellent king of the hall of the sun [(lit. ‘hall-king of the sun’) SKY/HEAVEN > = God] is alone the helper of all.

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