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Anon Nkt 61II/9 — Gaf* ‘gave’

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.

readings

[9] Gaf*: gfu Flat

notes

[9] gaf* (3rd pers. sg. pret. indic.) ‘gave’: Gfu ‘gave’ (3rd pers. pl. pret. indic.) has been emended to gaf (sg.) because the disyllabic form makes the l. hypermetrical and because the grammatical subject is sg. (so also Skj B and Skald).

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