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Anon Sól 1VII/6 — mátti ‘might’

Fé ok fjörvi        rænti fyrða kind
        sá inn grimmi greppr;
yfir þá götu,        er hann varðaði,
        mátti enginn kvikr komaz.

Sá inn grimmi greppr rænti kind fyrða fé ok fjörvi; enginn mátti komaz kvikr yfir þá götu, er hann varðaði.

The fierce man stole property and life from the offspring of men; no one might pass alive over that road which he guarded.

readings

[6] mátti: náði papp15ˣ, 738ˣ, 155aˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 1441ˣ, 10575ˣ, 2797ˣ

grammar

Verbs: Preterite-present verbs

The present tense of these verbs is like the past tense of strong verbs, and their past tense is weak.

eigamegakunnaskulumunumuna
indic.
pres.
sing.


pl.
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
á
átt
á
eigum
eiguð
eigu

mátt

megum
meguð
megu
kann
kannt
kann
kunnum
kunnuð
kunnu
skal
skalt
skal
skulum
skuluð
skulu
mun
munt
mun
munum
munuð
munu
man
mant
man
munum
munið
muna
indic. past stem
subj. pres. stem
subj. past stem
átt-
eig-
ætt-
mátt-
meg-
mætt-
kunn-
kunn-
kynn-
skyld-
skyl-
skyld-
mund-
myn-
mynd-
mund-
mun-
mynd-
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