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Anon Mv I 9VII/4 — sótt ‘The accused’

Drepa liet brúðrin bráða
— bráð varð snót í ráðum —
mann saklausan sinnar
sótt af lífi dóttur.
Glóð-Nanna fekk græðis
grát af bóndaláti,
en mæðandi móðir
mein af sögðum greinum.

Sótt brúðrin bráða liet drepa saklausan mann dóttur sinnar af lífi; snót varð bráð í ráðum. Græðis glóð-Nanna fekk grát af bóndaláti, en móðir mæðandi mein af sögðum greinum.

The accused, impetuous woman caused the blameless husband of her daughter to lose his life [lit. to be struck from life]; the lady became impetuous in her counsels. The Nanna <goddess> of the glow of the sea [(lit. ‘the glow-Nanna of the sea’) GOLD > WOMAN] got grief [lit. weeping] from the husband’s death, and the mother oppressing harm for the said reasons.


[4] sótt (f. nom. sg.) ‘accused’: This is the p.p. of the verb sœkja ‘accuse, seek, attack’ (see NN §1682). Skj B construes it as the second element of a cpd, in which bráð ‘impetuous, quick’ functions as the first element: snót varð bráðsótt ‘the lady was very rash’. That cpd is otherwise unattested.



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