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Anon Leið 33VII/2 — ǫðlingr ‘The prince’

Gefr, sás ǫllum efri,
ǫðlingr salar rǫðla
— goð magnar þrif þegna —
þjóðum allt it góða.
Gramr skóp hauðr ok himna
hreggranns sem kyn seggja;
einns salkonungr sólar
snjallr hjalpari allra.

Ǫðlingr salar rǫðla, sás efri ǫllum, gefr þjóðum allt it góða; goð magnar þrif þegna. Gramr hreggranns skóp hauðr ok himna sem kyn seggja; snjallr sólar salkonungr [e]s einn hjalpari allra.

The prince of the hall of heavenly bodies [SKY/HEAVEN > = God], who is higher than all, gives to people all that is good — God strengthens the prosperity of his servants. The king of the storm-house [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] made land and skies as well as the race of men; the excellent king of the hall of the sun [(lit. ‘hall-king of the sun’) HEAVEN > = God] is alone the helper of all.

notes

[2] ǫðlingr salar rǫðla ‘prince of the hall of heavenly bodies [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]’: Cf. Has 16/6: ǫðlingr, hefik, rǫðla. The same rhyming pair also appears elsewhere in Þjsk SveindrI and in Mgr 3/2.

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