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Anon Pl 45VII/1 — réð

Þá réð brims á brœðrum
blakkrennandi kenna,
skíðs at skreytendr réðu
skokks stórmennis þokka.
Þings lét þessa drengi
þráhvetjandi setja
sóknar fráns í sína
sveit, þás œzt vas teiti.

Brims blakkrennandi réð þá kenna á brœðrum at skreytendr skíðs skokks réðu þokka stórmennis. Þráhvetjandi þings fráns sóknar lét setja þessa drengi í sína sveit, þás vas œzt teiti.

The driver of the horse of the surf [(lit. ‘horse-driver of the surf’) SHIP > SEAFARER] then recognised in the brothers that the adorners of the ski of the deck-plank [SHIP > SEAFARERS] had the disposition of great men. The eager inciter of the assembly of the serpent of attack [SWORD > BATTLE > WARRIOR] had these men placed in his own company, which was foremost in high spirits.

readings

[1] Þá réð: ‘[...]’ 673b, 673bÞH, ‘þa reþ’ 673bFJ

notes

[1] þá réð kenna ‘then recognised’: Finnur Jónsson (1887) claimed to be able to read ‘þa reþ’, but in Skj A marked all but the last letter as unclear.

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