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Anon Nkt 6II/16 — ráða ‘rule’

* Hann þat eitt
eiga vildit,
es * langfeðr
leifðu hônum.
Svá vas ríkr
ræsir Sygna
ok ágjarn
við auðgefendr,
at allt land
Elfar á milli
ok Finnmerkr
fylkir átti.
Náði hann
fyr Nóregi
ǫllum fyrst
einn at ráða.

* Hann vildit eiga þat eitt, es * langfeðr leifðu hônum. Ræsir Sygna vas svá ríkr ok ágjarn við auðgefendr, at fylkir átti allt land á milli Elfar ok Finnmerkr. Hann náði fyrst at ráða einn fyr ǫllum Nóregi.

He did not only want to possess that which his ancestors had left him. The ruler of the Sygnir [NORWEGIAN KING = Haraldr] was so powerful and aggressive toward wealth-givers [GENEROUS MEN], that the leader possessed all the land between the Götaälv and Finnmark. He was the first to rule alone over all of Norway.

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