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ESk Ingdr 3II/2 — sterkr ‘The strong’

Út lét stǫng á Stræti
sterkr dýrligra merkja
— dúðusk dǫrr — af reiði
Dags sonr bera fagra.
Hnigu menn í gný Gunnar
gagls fyr strengjar hagli;
brœðr hafa barzk í miðri
Bjǫrgyn fyr ósynju.

Sterkr sonr Dags lét bera fagra stǫng dýrligra merkja út á Stræti af reiði; dǫrr dúðusk. Menn hnigu fyr hagli strengjar í gný gagls Gunnar; brœðr hafa barzk í miðri Bjǫrgyn fyr ósynju.

The strong son of Dagr [= Grégóríus] let the fair pole of the precious standard be carried out onto Stræti (‘the Street’) with wrath; spears shook. Men sank down before the hail of the bowstring [ARROWS] in the din of Gunnr’s <valkyrie’s> gosling [RAVEN/EAGLE > BATTLE]; brothers have fought in the middle of Bergen without cause.


[2] sterkr: sterk FskAˣ


[2] sterkr (m. nom. sg.) ‘strong’: If the FskAˣ variant is adopted, sterk (n. acc. pl.) would qualify dǫrr (n. acc. pl.) ‘spears’ (l. 3). For dǫrr ‘spears’, see Note to Gísl Magnkv 12/8. — [2, 4] sterkr sonr Dags ‘the strong son of Dagr [= Grégóríus]’: For Grégóríus Dagsson, see ‘Biographies of Other Dignitaries’ in Introduction to this vol. and ESk Elfv.




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