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Anon Nkt 61II/6 — inn ‘inn’

En Hôkon
hlaut at ráða
lítla stund
landi ok þegnum,
þvít Erlingr
átti inn skakki
vænan son
ok velborinn.
Gaf* landsfolk
ept liðinn Inga
konungsnafn
Kristínar bur.

En Hôkon hlaut at ráða landi ok þegnum lítla stund, þvít Erlingr inn skakki átti vænan ok velborinn son. Landsfolk gaf* bur Kristínar konungsnafn ept liðinn Inga.

But Hákon was destined to rule land and subjects for a short time, because Erlingr inn skakki (‘the Tilting’) had a promising and well-born son. The people of the country gave Kristín’s son [= Magnús] the royal title after the death of Ingi.

grammar

Pronouns and determiners: Definite article

The definite article is normally suffixed to nouns, except in some cases where it is used with an adjective. If the noun form ends in a vowel, the 'i' in the article is dropped. If the noun form ends in 'um', the 'm' and 'i' are both dropped. E.g. hesta (acc. pl.) > hestana (acc. pl. definite); hestum (dat. pl.) > hestunum (dat. pl. definite)

masc.fem.neut.
sing. N
A
G
D
inn
inn
ins
inum
in
ina
innar
inni
it
it
ins
inu
pl. N
A
G
D
inir
ina
inna
inum
inar
inar
inna
inum
in
in
inna
inum
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