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ESk Geisl 39VII/1 — Dýrð ‘The fame’

Dýrð es ágæt orðin
ǫðlings ríks af slíku;
mærð ríðr mildings Hǫrða
mest um heims byggð flesta.
Greitt má gumnum létta
guðs ríðari stríðum;
rǫskr þiggr allt, sem œskir,
Óláfr af gram sólar.

Dýrð ríks ǫðlings es orðin ágæt af slíku; mest mærð mildings Hǫrða ríðr um flesta byggð heims. Guðs ríðari má greitt létta stríðum gumnum; rǫskr Óláfr þiggr allt, sem œskir, af gram sólar.

The fame of the powerful nobleman has become renowned from such things; the greatest praise of the king of the Hǫrðar [= Óláfr] travels over the whole [lit. the most] dwelling of the world. God’s knight [SAINT = Óláfr] can easily alleviate afflictions for men; brave Óláfr gets all he desires from the king of the sun [= God].

notes

[1] dýrð ... es orðin ágæt ‘the fame ... has become renowned’: A formula: cf. st. 11/5.

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