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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Balti Sigdr 2II/3 — ræsis ‘of the ruler’

Magnús varð (at morði)
málsnjallr í bǫð falla
(réð fyr ræsis dauða
ríkr þjóðkonungr slíkum).
Meir rak þik til þeira,
þreksterkr konungr, verka
— flagðs hest hafið flestan
fylldan — nauðr, an skyldi.

Málsnjallr Magnús varð falla í bǫð; ríkr þjóðkonungr réð fyr slíkum dauða ræsis at morði. Þreksterkr konungr, meir nauðr, an skyldi, rak þik til þeira verka; hafið fylldan flestan hest flagðs.

Eloquent Magnús had to fall in battle; the powerful, mighty king caused such a death of the ruler during the onslaught. Courage-strong king, a greater need than should have been [necessary] forced you into those deeds; you have sated many a horse of the troll-woman [WOLF].


[3-4] ríkr þjóðkonungr réð fyr slíkum dauða ræsis ‘the powerful, mighty king caused such a death of the ruler’: Again, not quite in keeping with the actual events (see Note to st. 1/5, 8 above).



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