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Anon Nkt 25II/1 — Talði ‘declared’

Talði lǫnd
ok lausafé
sína eign
Sveinn ok Hôkon,
ok tvá vetr
at tali fyrða
Eireks arf
jarlar hǫfðu,
áðr í land
með lítinn her
konungmaðr
kœmi vestan,
ok Óláfr
jarli mœtti
í Sauðungs
sundi miðju.

Sveinn ok Hôkon talði lǫnd ok lausafé eign sína, ok tvá vetr, at tali fyrða, hǫfðu jarlar arf Eireks, áðr konungmaðr, með lítinn her, kœmi í land vestan, ok Óláfr mœtti jarli í miðju Sauðungssundi.

Sveinn and Hákon declared lands and loose chattel their property, and for two years, according to people’s reckoning, the jarls held Eiríkr’s inheritance, before a royal claimant, with a small army, came to the country from the west, and Óláfr met the jarl in the middle of Sauesund.

notes

[1] talði (3rd pers. sg. pret. indic.) ‘declared’: The verb is in the sg. but the subject is pl. (see NS §70). Such syntactic constructions occur three more times in Nkt (e.g. sts 30, 39, 52), and they are metrically motivated only in one instance (st. 39).

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