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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Balti Sigdr 2II/7 — flestan ‘many’

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].


[7] flestan: flestum Mork


[7-8] fylldan flestan (m. acc. sg.) ‘sated many’: The emendation (from dat. to acc.) is necessary from the point of view of syntax and is in keeping with earlier eds.




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