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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Nkt 10II/9 — áðr ‘before’

Tók Eirekr
við jǫfursnafni
blóðøx brátt,
sem búendr vildu.
Vas vígfimr
vetr at landi
Eirekr alls
einn ok fjóra,
áðr * vinsæll
vestan kœmi
ok Hôkon
halfrar allrar
bróður sinn
beiddi erfðar.

Eirekr blóðøx tók brátt við jǫfursnafni, sem búendr vildu. Vígfimr Eirekr vas alls einn vetr ok fjóra at landi, áðr * vinsæll einkafóstri Aðalsteins kœmi vestan, ok Hôkon beiddi bróður sinn halfrar allrar erfðar.

Eiríkr blóðøx (‘Blood-axe’) at once received the royal title, as the farmers wanted. Battle-swift Eiríkr was altogether one year and four [king] in the country, before the popular only foster-son of Æthelstan [= Hákon] came from the west, and Hákon asked his brother for half of the whole inheritance.


[9] áðr *: áðr an Flat



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