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Anon Sól 67VII/2 — höfðu ‘had’

Menn sá ek þá,        er margt höfðu
        orð á annan logit;
heljar hrafnar        ór höfði þeim
        harðliga sjónir slitu.

Ek sá menn þá, er höfðu logit margt orð á annan; hrafnar heljar slitu harðliga sjónir ór höfði þeim.

I saw men then who had greatly slandered another; Hell’s ravens violently tore the eyes out of their heads.

readings

[2] höfðu: so papp15ˣ, 214ˣ, 1441ˣ, 2797ˣ, hafa 166bˣ, 738ˣ, 167b 6ˣ, 10575ˣ

notes

[2] höfðu ‘had’: The past tense is generally used in this section to refer to sinners’ lives on earth, though see 61/2.

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