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Anon Nkt 22II/2 — ryddisk ‘was cleared’

Sú vas alls,
áðr Ormr ryddisk,
Hrotta hríð
hǫrð ok lengi.
Þar hefir ǫld,
es Óláfr fell,
Svǫlðrarvág
síðan kallat.

Sú hríð Hrotta vas alls hǫrð ok lengi, áðr Ormr ryddisk. Þar, es Óláfr fell, hefir ǫld síðan kallat Svǫlðrarvág.

That blizzard of Hrotti <sword> [BATTLE] was very hard and long before Ormr (‘the Serpent’) was cleared. That place where Óláfr fell people later called the Bay of Svolder.

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