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ESk Geisl 23VII/2 — blíð ‘the happy’

Þar kom blindr — en byrjak
blíð verk — muni síðar
auðar njótr, es ýtar
jǫfurs bein þvegit hǫfðu.
Sjónbrautir þó sínar,
seggjum kunns, í brunni
ôrr, þeims Óláfs dreyra,
orms landa, vas blandinn.

Blindr njótr auðar kom þar muni síðar, es ýtar hǫfðu þvegit jǫfurs bein; en byrjak blíð verk. Ôrr orms landa þó sjónbrautir sínar í brunni, þeims vas blandinn dreyra Óláfs, kunns seggjum.

A blind enjoyer of wealth [MAN] came there somewhat later, where men had washed the prince’s bones; and I will begin the happy work. The messenger of the serpent’s lands [GOLD > MAN] washed his sight-paths [EYES] in the spring which was blended with the blood of Óláfr, known to men.

notes

[2] blíð verk ‘happy work’: This can refer either to Einarr’s work of poetry or Óláfr’s miraculous act of healing.

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