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Anon Mey 38VII/2 — hin ‘the’

Sæt Lúcía segi eg að hieti
Sikileyjar hin vænsta meyja;
prúða vildi í porthús leiða
Páskásíus fullr af háska.
Hvergi máttu höldar margir
hræra nökkur drottins kæru;
orka þeir að yxnum sterkum;
eigi mega þau frúna sveigja.

Eg segi, að hin vænsta meyja Sikileyjar hieti sæt Lúcía; Páskásíus, fullr af háska, vildi leiða prúða í porthús. Hvergi máttu margir höldar nökkur hræra kæru drottins; þeir orka að sterkum yxnum; þau mega eigi sveigja frúna.

I say that the most beautiful maiden of Sicily was called sweet Lucy; Pascasius, full of sin, wanted to send the beautiful one to a brothel. In no way could many men move the woman of the Lord [HOLY WOMAN]; they employ strong oxen; they cannot budge the lady.

readings

[2] hin: so 713, enn 721

grammar

Pronouns and determiners: Definite article

The definite article is normally suffixed to nouns, except in some cases where it is used with an adjective. If the noun form ends in a vowel, the 'i' in the article is dropped. If the noun form ends in 'um', the 'm' and 'i' are both dropped. E.g. hesta (acc. pl.) > hestana (acc. pl. definite); hestum (dat. pl.) > hestunum (dat. pl. definite)

masc.fem.neut.
sing. N
A
G
D
inn
inn
ins
inum
in
ina
innar
inni
it
it
ins
inu
pl. N
A
G
D
inir
ina
inna
inum
inar
inar
inna
inum
in
in
inna
inum
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