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Anon Pl 2VII/7 — vífi ‘wife’

Lundr reis gjalfrs frá grundu
goðs orðum … skorðaðr
elds; vas áðr til foldar
ormstalls boði fallinn.
Logstýfir bað leyfa
ljóss engla sér þengil
Vánar vífi sínu
vegs þessi rǫk segja.

Lundr elds gjalfrs reis frá grundu … skorðaðr orðum goðs; boði ormstalls vas áðr fallinn til foldar. Vánar logstýfir bað þengil ljóss vegs engla leyfa sér segja vífi sínu þessi rǫk.

The tree of the fire of the sea [GOLD > MAN] rose from the ground … supported by the words of God; the messenger of the serpent-lair [GOLD > MAN] had previously fallen to earth. The snipper of the fire of Vôn <river> [(lit. ‘the fire-snipper of Vôn’) GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] asked the ruler of the bright path of angels [HEAVEN > = God] to permit him to tell his wife about these omens.

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